Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has lashed out repeatedly at Republicans and the Tea Party movement, is up for reelection. Whitehouse has a lot of money in the bank, and surely will use his connections to the White House in the campaign, but is vulnerable.

While there are a number of well-known politicians who first could give Whitehouse a run for it, successful businessman Barry Hinckley is the first to declare an intention to challenge Whitehouse.

Hinckley was interviewed on the Helen Glover Show. Take a listen, because you will be hearing more about this race in the coming year. (At the 27:30 mark he gives his views on the presidential contenders, I think you’ll find it of interest.)

I’ll be interested to learn more about him.

Update: In other RI political news, it looks like there will be primary challengers to David Cicilline (D-RI), the former Mayor of Providence who left the city in a fiscal mess and is highly unpopular now.