Can You Oppose Something Without Opposing It?
“David (Cicilline) strongly opposes the Citizens United decision and has cosponsored the House version of the DISCLOSE Act,”
But yet when the Doherty camp calls on him to return all PAC money, after Cicilline chided Doherty for taking PAC money, Cicilline refuses.
Ted Nesi wrote the article yesterday about the latest skirmish in the First Congressional District race. Cicilline was upset with Doherty for accepting a $10,000 PAC donation but when Doherty offered to return it, in exchange for Cicilline returning all his PAC money, Cicilline refused.
How can you be opposed to the Citizens’ United decision but still be willing to accept the money that the it allowed? Or more specifically, how can you attack your opponent for accepting the exact same kinds of campaign donations that you yourself are accepting? This sure reeks of hypocrisy and a double-standard and sounds like yet another example of Cicilline telling us one thing and doing another.
In the Nesi article, Cicilline spokeswoman Nicole Kayner offered:
“Brendan Doherty is benefiting from Citizens United”
Ok, but if Cicilline is going to accept and keep PAC money, isn’t he benefiting as well? Maybe she has a point if Doherty is accepting so much more PAC money that Cicilline just can’t keep up. That’d clearly be an advantage for Doherty, right?
Federal Election Commission records show Cicilline has collected $388,256 from PACs and other non-party groups, four times more than Doherty, who has gotten $92,000.
Hmm, so that’s not it either. Cicilline comes out ahead there too.
So what’s the issue then? Trying to grab the slightest sound bite in the media and get something to stick. Trying to fool voters with something equivalent to, “Doherty takes shady PAC money! Hey, look over here, a bright shiny object!” Really? How about instead, the campaigns focus on the issues. Let’s instead hear what Anthony Gemma plans to do to create those 10,000 jobs for Rhode Islanders. Let’s hear how Doherty will work with others in Washington, as a part of the House majority to best serve Rhode Islanders. And while we’re at it, let’s hear from Congressman Cicilline about all the great things he’s done for Rhode Islanders over the last two years. Maybe things like “co-sponsorship of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act.”