Some Sounds from the John Loughlin Fundraiser — And One Very Direct Follow Up
If there was one message directed to the general public coming out of the John Loughlin fundraiser held in East Providence last evening, it was that, despite any rumors that might be heard to the contrary, former State Representative Loughlin will definitely be running for Rhode Island’s First District Congressional seat upon his return from his tour of duty with the Army in Iraq. Here is Loughlin campaign spokesman Michael Napolitano’s answer to the question of how certain a Loughlin-for-Congress campaign is…
Several of the evening’s speakers made references, with varying degrees of directness, to their support of Loughlin over another likely entrant into the First District Republican race, Colonel Brendan Doherty. Rep. Newberry took this one step further in a statement on his Facebook page today, calling for Col. Doherty to step out of the First District primary (h/t Ted Nesi).
Representative Brian Newberry: “…John has proven his integrity. He’s proven his honor. I served with him in the Rhode Island legislature and watched how he worked. I watched how he kept his word and, this is important by the way, I watched how he worked with our friends across the aisle…”
Audio: 1m 46 sec
Representative Doreen Costa: “…Can we afford the tax and spend mentality of David Cicilline? Absolutely not. John is the only man in Washington who can lead the way in my opinion…”
Audio: 1m 0 sec
Senator Frank Maher: “…At the end of the day — I don’t care who the other candidate is who’s running for the First Congressional District to Represent Rhode Island — every other candidate is indecision with a lack of vision. But with John, you are going to get what you asked for, and you are going to a your next Congressman who delivers on what he says”.
Audio: 42 sec
Senator Christopher Ottiano: “…First of all, he stood up and he ran for political office in this state as a Republican and stood for his values…” Audio: 1m 58 sec