Russell J. Moore‘s story in Tuesday’s Warwick Beacon about State Representative Joseph Trillo’s almost final departure from the Governor’s race contains a number of interesting details.
- Asked if he was endorsing not-yet-official Republican candidate Rory Smith…
Trillo said he wasn’t prepared to make an endorsement in the race just yet, despite the fact that East Greenwich businessman Rory Smith has jumped head first into the race.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Smith, but it’s still too early for me to make up my mind at this point,” said Trillo.
- Rep. Trillo also says that because he was never sure that he would run, he never engaged in any serious fundraising — and that other candidates unsure if they are running shouldn’t be raising money under gubernatorial pretenses either…
Trillo criticized Providence Mayor David Cicilline and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, both of which he said raised money under the guise of running for governor only to pull out of the race.
“They should have to give back their donations,” said Trillo.
- The article also has information on a recent staffing announcement made by probable Republican candidate Rory Smith (begging the question of whether a “probable” candidate can have a staff, but there seems to be no avoiding this in the 2010 Rhode Island gubernatorial election)…
Smith…found time to issue a press release saying that he’s hired professional campaign consultants and a national polling firm. The Norway Hill Consulting Firm, a Massachusetts-based firm led by David Carney, the political director under George H. W. Bush. Smith also hired The Tarrance Group as his pollsters.
Dave Sackett, who will serve as Smith’s lead pollster, said in a press release, “people are looking for new ideas and new ways to approach the problems that we face. As someone who isn’t beholden to the special interests, Rory will bring a fresh perspective to state government.”