Robitaille for Governor?
I just heard Republican State Party Chairman Gio Cicione state on the Dan Yorke show on WPRO (630AM) that John Robitaille, Communications Director for Governor Donald Carcieri, is considering running for Governor as a Republican.
Katherine Gregg has the story at the Projo’s 7-to-7 newsblog…
Governor Carcieri’s communications director John Robitaille has thrown his hat into the ring as a potential Republican candidate for governor.UPDATE I
In a interview on Tuesday, Robitaille said he knows he has two drawbacks as a candidate — money and name-recognition.
But Robitaille, 61, of Portsmouth, said he has the political bug, knows the state issues inside-and-out at this point, and intends to spend the next several weeks talking to “every possible supporter” to see if he can make a credible run for the state’s top job.
Yorke speculates that Lincoln Chafee will announce on Monday that he’s the Moderate party candidate. I speculate that that would definitely get the Moderates their 5% and eventually kill their credibility as a party of fiscal responsibility.
Republican National Committeewoman Carol Mumford, calling into the Dan Yorke show, says that John Robitaille would make a “wonderful Secretary of State”, which begs the question of what other Republicans will be running for statewide office in 2010.
Hmmm. Possibly related to Update I, according to Steve Peoples of 7-to-7, Moderate Party founder and chairman Ken Block has announced he has settled his campaign-finance issue with the State Board of Elections, saying it makes sense to put the issue behind him.