More from the Gang of Possible Governors
Ed Fitzpatrick’s column from last Sunday, about the gubernatorial candidates’ appearance before the left-wing audience of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and the Poverty Institute, was excellent. Two points thereon, first having to do with a question of abortion purity:
But Lynch also leveled veiled criticism at Caprio’s voting record on abortion-related legislation, saying he “unequivocally” supports abortion rights and urging the audience “to evaluate people’s records” because “State House folks try to chip away at that basic right.”
Later, when I asked what Lynch was referring to, his campaign manager noted that in 2001 the Senate voted 28 to 14 for the Women’s Right to Know Act, which The Providence Journal described as “requiring that women who are seeking abortions must wait 24 hours and receive information ranging from health risks to the doctor’s identity.” Caprio, then a senator, voted for the bill, the Senate Journal shows.
So “unequivocal support” cannot allow for a one-day wait to have the procedure? Must one advocate for drive-through baby killing?
On the opposite end of the ledger, John Robitaille fares much better, in Fitzpatrick’s telling, than in that of the news department:
Robitaille, who was Governor Carcieri’s senior adviser for communications, articulated a conservative philosophy without seeming like a skunk at a liberal lawn party. He noted he was a Republican. “But I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” he said, explaining he was born in a Central Falls tenement.
Robitaille noted Tuesday was Rhode Island Independence Day and said, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could be here tonight to celebrate true independence for Rhode Island’s families, Rhode Island’s kids and single moms, to know that we had beaten the war on poverty?” But, he said, “We’ve lost that war” and “Government has failed us.” He said high taxes are driving people out of the state.
The poor will be always with us. The best we can do is to open up paths for advancement and stop sweetening the air in the pit.