Moakley Says Loughlin Has “Informally Conceded” in the First District Race
John Loughlin’s campaign manager Cara Cromwell says, direct quote…
“He’s running this campaign one time, and he’s going to win”.She also adds that Rep. Loughlin and Prof. Moakley have not spoken directly, and that she suspects that some conventional political wisdom about running against entrenched incumbents, not originating from any source related to the Loughlin campaign, erroneously appears in the article as if it had come from the campaign.
An article from Dartmouth College’s campus newspaper contained the excerpt below, regarding the Congressional race in Rhode Island’s First District…
Maureen Moakley, a professor of political science at University of Rhode Island, said the main contest for the seat will likely be between Cicilline and Lynch.(The Dartmouth was covering the story because another rumored Republican candidate who has apparently decided not to run, Eric Pfeiffer, is a Dartmouth grad).
“This is a district that is solidly Democratic and unlikely to change in the short term,” she said.
Moakley also said that Loughlin had “informally conceded” he would not win the congressional seat on the first try and would have to run several times.
According to Prof. Moakley’s analysis, the general election is already over: In Rhode Island, the “Kennedy seat” stays Democratic, with a conventional Democratic pol moving up the ranks in order to claim it.
If this is ultimately how the campaign plays out, whether the winner is Cicilline or Lynch, the First District is on track to be represented by a Congressman who can be expected to represent the positions of the national Democratic leadership back to Rhode Island, rather than one who represents the interests of all Rhode Islanders to Washington.
I’ve contacted the Loughlin campaign, to get their reaction to the idea than an informal concession has already occurred.