What Cicilline Has Accomplished

I had to laugh when I read an excerpt on an On Politics post by Ian Donnis by Cicilline campaign manager, Eric Hyers:

This is what they do. They distract, distract, distract.

It is the Republicans who don’t stick to the issues and try to wave a shiny object in front of the voters so they’ll forget about the Congressman’s past. Oh really? If my memory serves me correct, it was the Cicilline campaign who first brought up a complaint about Doherty accepting PAC money and then running away when Doherty offered to return all of it if Cicilline did the same. Issue dropped.
Then, just in case the PAC issue got legs, somehow, miraculously, Politico finally discovered that Anthony Gemma has fake friends. That would be fine, except it’s an old issue. Samuel Howard over at RIFuture first reported on that back in March. Why’s that coming back up now, just as the Doherty campaign began the offer to return PAC funds? I can just see it now over at the Cicilline camp. “Uh oh, the PAC thing didn’t work out and they’re turning that one back against us. What do we do now?” “Hey, I know, I have a buddy at Politico, let’s tell him about the Gemma Facebook thing and the media will jump all over that and stop asking about the PAC questions!”
Maybe equally curious, if you’re a state-level blog and you report on something like the Gemma story back in March and then it breaks in Politico in July, wouldn’t you be screaming from the highest mountains, “We had that story first!” Instead, nothing like that. Instead, just some light-hearted pokes back at Gemma.
Addendum: Samuel Howard contacted me and said he did address this here.
But back to the original point, distractions. See, I got all distracted away from my original thought. So let’s take a look at the main points of an election. While his time as mayor has probably been fairly well chronicled and mentioned, let’s look at what David Cicilline has done for us as a Congressman. Let’s list out his accomplishments and what he’s done for the people of the 1st District and what legislation he’s gotten passed.
1.
Ok, maybe that’s a pretty short list. But have you seen his new television commercial? Apparently he’s helped a few people so far. He helped one retired veteran get the Bronze Star he deserved. That’s fair to give Cicilline credit for that. That’s exactly one of the things that a Congressman can look into for people when all other avenues have been exhausted. A couple of the other ones are glossed over pretty quickly: “He connected me with job training.” and “David helped me to get my medication.” Ok, really? Connected with job training? What does that mean? Emailed her the phone number to CCRI or the DLT? And helped a woman get her medication? Sent a staffer to the CVS drive-thru?
It was his commercial, so he’s the one who got to pick the best of the best for the things he’s done. He has very little to show for what he’s done in Washington and some quick clips of helping with job training and getting someone’s medicine is what we have for a representative?
I’m just sticking to the issues and avoiding distractions, as requested.

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Phil Hirons, Jr.
Phil Hirons, Jr.
9 years ago

When I read the headline I thought I was going to see the shortest post in AR history.

Justin Katz
Justin Katz (@justin)
9 years ago

Hey, Phil… be fair. According to his commercial, Cicilline DID NOT END the universal practice of constituent services. That’s got to count for something, right?

Monique
Monique (@monique-chartier)
Editor
9 years ago

“Let’s list out his accomplishments and what he’s done for the people of the 1st District and what legislation he’s gotten passed.
1. ”
lol
Patrick, you left out one of his biggests accomplishments: intentionally mis-handling, deliberately covering up and then repeatedly lying about the fiscal condition of the biggest city in his district.
… oh, wait, that was as mayor. Does that count???

Max D.
Max D.
9 years ago

Does scaring the crap out of senior citizens on a continuous basis count? I know it started as mayor but the tune hasn’t changed.

Dan
Dan
9 years ago

Actually, I wish more representatives would follow his example and do less.

Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
9 years ago

You rightwing rayzist trash are leaving out the fact that our Congress”man” was one of the movers and shakers behind one of the most important pieces of legislation of this generation.
I speak of the “Lena Horne Recognition Act” (HR 1815) which passed the House and awaits Senate action.
I am very, very proud that [derogatory name removed] has not concentrated on mundane matters like jobs or a deficit which has passed 100% of GDP and instead focused on a bill which will “posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to Lena Horne in recognition of her achievements and contributions to American culture”.
[derogatory name removed] is working very haaaaaaaaard for us, don’t ya know!

Russ
Russ
9 years ago

Bay bashing over here now? Would you folks allow those kind of comments about blacks, ethnic groups, women, etc? I kind of expected more.

Russ
Russ
9 years ago

Oops, meant “gay bashing.” Seriously where do you folks draw the line, or is this anything goes?

Russ
Russ
9 years ago

“I am very, very proud that [bigoted term removed] has not concentrated on mundane matters like jobs…”
Not to mention that he’s wrong about the facts as well. But, hey, why let that get in the way of a good rant?
cicilline.house.gov/here-help-small-businesses/small-business-legislation

Monique
Monique (@monique-chartier)
Editor
9 years ago

“Does scaring the crap out of senior citizens on a continuous basis count?”
Yes. It’s a major accomplishment by the congressman.
Thanks for the opportunity to clarify.
Campaign of David C
/satire

Max D
Max D
9 years ago

Russ,
Thanks for the link but I think this thread is about accomplishments. Is there one bill that he sponsored that was passed? The 1099 bill passed but he was a late co-sponsor. It was originally sponsored by Republicans.
One other question, how does a congressman ‘help’ someone get a disability? Either you are or you aren’t. What did he do to ‘help’ the guy in his commercial?
By the way, it is too bad Tommy can’t clean it up. If you can cut through the crap, he’s actually a well informed poster although that doesn’t really justify it.

Russ
Russ
9 years ago

“Does scaring the crap out of senior citizens on a continuous basis count?”
So this blog does not support the Republican plan to cut Social Security and Medicare?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-debt-talks-obama-offers-social-security-cuts/2011/07/06/gIQA2sFO1H_story.html

President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue.

Personally I think Obama is likely to cut both as well, but with Romney it’s a certainty. At least Cicilline is on record opposing it.
Sorry to distract you folks. Back to the sophmoric remarks about the Representative’s sexuality (I take it no objections to that from Monique).

Russ
Russ
9 years ago

“Is there one bill that he sponsored that was passed?”
So now Cicilline is responsible for the lack of bipartisanship in the Republican controlled House? Let’s flip the House and then see how it goes. Deal? fwiw, the 1099 bill he cosponsored passed.
Notably he voted for the Republican jobs bill.
blogs.wpri.com/2012/03/19/reed-bill-okd-by-cicilline-langevin-not-ready-to-become-law/

Russ
Russ
9 years ago

“fwiw, the 1099 bill he cosponsored passed.”
Oops, saw you noticed that.

Max D
Max D
9 years ago

“fwiw, the 1099 bill he cosponsored passed.”
Oops, saw you noticed that.

Awe come on now Russ. If you’re gonna’ quote me then don’t rewrite the quote to fit your game. He wasn’t an original co-sponsor. The bill was introduced by Republicans. Cicilline signed on a week later with all the other Democrats. I thought better of you than that.

Russ
Russ
9 years ago

No spin intended on that one (not that it’s beyond me to do so!).

Max D.
Max D.
9 years ago

“The bill was introduced by Republicans. Cicilline signed on a week later with all the other Democrats.”
Whoops! My bad. The congressman actually signed on two weeks later during the second round of Democrats jumping on the bandwagon. That shouldn’t even count as a cosponsor.

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