Another Indication of Rhode Island’s Rut
The story of Rhode Island’s election season — so far and overall — has been the story of an utter lack of enthusiasm. Perhaps inadvertently, Ian Donnis gives some illustration why by drumming up news about potential challenges to RI House Speaker Gordon Fox (D, Providence) for the speakership:
Schadone says he will make a decision on whether to challenge Fox within the next few weeks. The North Providence Democrat says Winfield will lead the challenge only with his support.
Winfield confirmed he’s considering a leadership challenge. “We need numbers,” says the Smithfield Democrat, part of an opposition bloc dating to Murphy’s speakership. “I don’t know if we’ll have the numbers. I’d like to think we can change the leadership.”
Who’s Winfield? And what has Schadone been doing since he lost his first challenge to Fox? Dunno, and that’s the problem. Rhode Island’s political insiders simply have no clue about, or at least interest in, activities that don’t involve political-insiderism.
So here’s a tip for folks — politicians and otherwise — who wish to actually change the state in the 2012 election cycle: start doing things. Make some noise. Challenge some powerful bozos. Get some press. Rhode Island is stirring its political stew, but all of the meat has either been consumed already or fled the state of its own volition.