Caprio’s New Target
So, in the year-plus prior to the election, General Treasurer Frank Caprio courted the Rhode Island right — Anchor Rising, the Ocean State Policy Research Institute, and the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition — to foster the general impression that he’d be a tolerable governor. He talked the small-business, free market talk.
During the primaries, while battling Attorney General Patrick Lynch, he tacked left. There were various examples of that move, but his active support for same-sex marriage comes to mind as something dramatically contrary to previous assurances to us.
Now that he’s won the Democrat nomination, he seems to be moving toward the union-left:
State General Treasurer and Democratic candidate for governor Frank T. Caprio promised to “go out and get the money” to launch “one of the biggest public-works projects” Rhode Island has ever seen to put thousands to work fixing the state’s road and bridges. “As much as we can do, as quick as we can do it,” he said. “What we’ll do is we’ll sit down with the experts in the transportation area and the banking area, and we’ll be a leader in the country in making sure we have the funding.”
Sure. We’ll just “go out and get the money” from all of those revenue sources that we’re not yet exploiting so that we can create union jobs. The relevant question for conservative reform groups in the state is what happens when “get the money” comes into inevitable conflict with the interests of private-sector industry.