Gemma’s “Breaking News”: What Did You Think?
The day previewed last week by Anthony Gemma in a somewhat hyperbolic announcement finally arrived.
WPRO carried the press conference live – their follow-up report here – though they disappointingly cut away from the press conference after Gemma had finished his statement.
An extensive report by WPRI, which includes reaction from various quarters, also names who came to the microphone after WPRO returned to regular programming.
Afterwards, three individuals – Laura Perez, Erminia Garcia and City Councilman Wilbur Jennings – took to the microphone and said they could corroborate his allegations.
Former RI Attorney General Jim O’Neil calls the accusations credible and asserts that the Rhode Island State Police are investigating them but
“..as far as saying there is an individual that says David Cicilline was part and parcel of this on a daily basis,” O’Neil says. “I didn’t hear that and neither did you.”
A post by our friend Professor William Jacobson (certainly no fan of David Cicilline) over at Legal Insurrection includes a video of the “breaking news” but also a somewhat wary observation as to its potential impact – or lack thereof – on the race.
But I’m not sure how much more this hurts him, unless more facts come out.
The ethics cloud already is factored into the electorate.
If Ciciline wins, it will not be because people think he’s honest, it will be a combination of scaring Grandma half to death that Republicans will take her social security check from her hands then throw her off a cliff combined with promising federal cash to key constituent groups … basically the Obama playbook.
Personal aside: I’d take umbrage at a comment under the professor’s post that characterizes Rhode Island as a suburb of Chicago but I’m too busy nodding in agreement.
Your turn. What did you think of the witness statement that Anthony Gemma read and the way that he presented it? Did the three corroborating witnesses who followed him lend the assertions in the statement credibility?