Candidate Hinckley Staffs Up

Scott McKay of WRNI (1290AM) reports that Benjamin “Barry” Hinckley, who has filed the paperwork to begin a run for Senate against incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse, has attracted some experienced political operatives to his campaign staff…

[Darcie Johnston] is a Montpelier, Vermont-based fund raising consultant who worked on then-Republican U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee’s 2006 Senate race. [Paul Hatch], who is based in Washington, D.C. is a former executive director of the Republican Governors Association. Both Johnston and Hatch were consultants on the unsuccessful GOP attempt to defeat Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank in 2010.
At least in its early stages, this is appearing to be a serious and not idiosyncratic campaign attempt.

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Patrick
Patrick
11 years ago

I’m sorry, but when does someone come out of nowhere in this state to take such a high profile seat against an incumbent? I see this all the time where someone wants to jump to the big leagues from the equivalent of a high school roster.
I understand that the time to knock out Whitehouse is during his first re-election bid, but really, people do need to work their way up the chain. To go from a local business owner to knocking out an incumbent democrat Senator? Good luck.
I’m guessing that there will either be a Republican primary or Hinckley doesn’t make it all the way to even that finish line.

Max Diesel
Max Diesel
11 years ago

Maybe we should wait for the message before we judge the guy. Who knows, maybe he will rocket up the ladder like our President.

Scott Bill Hirst
Scott Bill Hirst
11 years ago

Hi!
Since I do not know him I cannot comment. Getting political professionals to work for you is one way to impress party activists. However last Saturday the R.I. GOP had a state central committee meeting and he did not show up to greet people. In fact I only saw Loughlin there.
One real question is this at this point: What interest does the Republican Senatorial Committee have in this race presently? It appears a highly probably fact the GOP will win control of the U.S. Senate as Democrats have more seats to defend. While it may be possible a Republican or two GOP seats may be lost? It is conjecture at this point certainly.
The issue at this point is any of these seriously looking at a run as a Republican for Senate from R.I., in 2012: Donald Carcieri, Brendan Doherty, or John Loughlin? Any of these would seem to get the endorsement over Mr. Hinckley.
Regards,
Scott

Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
11 years ago

Is Bob Tingle or Jack Potter not available?

bella
bella
11 years ago

Judging from Democratic retirements, it certainly seems on the surface that a GOP takeover is likely. However, you also have to wonder about sure pickups the Tea Party willblow for the GOP (Delaware, Nevada, Colorado; I wonder about Maine and Massachusetts this time).

BobN
BobN
11 years ago

Bella, I had no idea you were such an astute political prognosticator. When will your new show on CNN begin airing?

OldTimeLefty
OldTimeLefty
11 years ago

BobN
You have no idea about most things. Not surprising that you had no idea about Bella.
OldTimeLefty

BobN
BobN
11 years ago

Once again, Lefty proves he has nothing worthwhile to say about the topic under consideration, but indulges his Tourette syndrome at every opportunity.

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