Robitaille not Running for Governor

Dee DeQuattro has a post up on the WPRO (630AM) blog, reporting that John Robitaille, the 2010 Republican candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, has announced that he will not run again in 2014.
The article also sets out an initial pool of candidates who might be interested in a 2014 run…

Other Republicans who are speculated as possibilities to mount a run for Governor are Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, VIBCO CEO Karl Wadensten, and former state police superintendent Brendan Doherty.

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Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
8 years ago

Good for him. Why waste time on this scummy little state.
Let the left, the far left and the far, far left fight over the carcass of a once prosperous place turned bankrupt Third World toilet.

Max D
Max D
8 years ago

I was a fan until I read his reasons. If that’s his true reasons, I think he’s just a coward. Tell me you don’t have the energy, the money, or even the time but don’t tell me you give up. Time to move on.

Dan
Dan
8 years ago

He speaks truth. Rhode Island insists on running its economy like a two-bit banana republic through the worst kind of central planning and backroom dealings. As such, it will be perpetually plagued by mismanagement, stagnation, abuse, and corruption. The biggest impact any one person can have is by leaving the state and depriving it of tax revenue to spend on its mad progressive experiments. All running for office accomplishes is creating another scapegoat for the leftist central planners to blame all of their failures on. Five years from now, whoever owns RIFuture will still be blaming everything wrong with Rhode Island on Carcieri. Why martyr yourself to enable such people? Rhode Island itself is a lost cause, but it can still serve as a warning to other states from beyond the wreckage.

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

John Robitaille’s comments hit to the heart of the issue in RI. What good is there in having a Republican Governor when the GA is 90% Democrat.
RI does elect a high proportion of Republicans to the Executive Office position, but they are unable to develop an agenda because of the Democrats in the GA.
The RI GOP needs to run candidates for every city and town council and every single school committee seat for the next two election cycles.
Build up a farm team of players that gain experience and name recognition at the local level. Then run those people for Senate and Representative in the General Assembly. This way they get used to the rigors of campaigning, are well known in their communities and have a proven record of accomplishments.
THEN we can get something done to turn RI around so men like John Robitaille will have some support from the GA to fix RI.

Dan
Dan
8 years ago

“Build up a farm team of players that gain experience and name recognition at the local level. Then run those people for Senate and Representative in the General Assembly.”
You’ll die waiting for that kind of generational bottom-up reform to come to Rhode Island, if it ever does (highly doubtful). Do your family a favor and move to one of the states in this country that does a decent job in governing itself. Virginia and New Hampshire are good options.

Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
8 years ago

THEN we can get something done to turn RI around so men like John Robitaille will have some support from the GA to fix RI.
Posted by Mark at December 19, 2012 6:19 PM
You don’t get it. The majority of the state WANTS exactly the same type of government we have. Not the overwhelming majority but close to 60%. Don Carcieri could never get a majority with the change of demographics. Smart and sane white people keep leaving, replaced by welfare queens, anchor babies, lesbians, sodomites and worst of all-the out of state carpetbagging rich white leftist scum-the “progressives”.

mark
mark
8 years ago

Looking for 113 General Assembly candidates with no political experience and running hasn’t worked.
You need a long term goal to make the changes required. Sure it’s not easy, and yes it takes time. But it is better than losing time and again with inexperienced candidates whom you never see again.
You don’t start pitching for the Red Sox your first time out. You start with the Salem Sox and move up.

Dan
Dan
8 years ago

Why create your own baseball team over decades when you can buy an existing team? There are 50 states in this country. Why choose to live in one of the few that is perpetually broken and stagnant, especially when your taxdollars will be used to bankroll and perpetuate the problem?

Max D.
Max D.
8 years ago

Why Dan? Because some of us are stuck here because of varying obligations. Mine is my family. Both the wife an I have transferable skills but both have family that we can’t be to far away from right now. We’ve talked to people about Virginia, Florida, and the Carolinas but it’s just not doable at the moment.

Dan
Dan
8 years ago

Max – I struggled with the same issue when I had to decide. Turned out most of my friends moved out of Rhode Island within a few years anyway as part of the overall migration and brain drain. If I had stayed for them, I’d be pretty loney right now. Family can be more difficult. Some will retire and move out anyway, but if they insist on staying, there’s always the holidays (in fact, I’ll be visiting RI next week for that reason).
There will never be a totally clean opportunity, but at some point you have to stop the cycle of abuse. As somebody who grew up in Rhode Island, trust me, you aren’t doing your kids any favors by raising them there. It’s only setting them up for future problems. The private sector of the state has been decimated, and the best a young professional can hope for in the public sector is becoming a scum sucker like Stephen Iannazzi.

Max D
Max D
8 years ago

Lets just say it’s not the kids. They’re grown, graduated, and embarked on their own careers, although still here but successful none the less.

mark
mark
8 years ago

I can’t leave RI, if I could I would. That being said I want to stay and fight. Cumberland just elected 3 Republicans to their town council. The last Republican town council member elected was in 1996 and voters just elected three of them. It can be done.

Max D
Max D
8 years ago

My community had a Republican majority on the council for at least 4 years but can’t crack the GA. I actually had two former Democrat councilman tell me they weren’t running because the top three Republicans were unbeatable and doing a good job. I almost fell over backwards. Yet they still can’t crack the GA.

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