John Robitaille is the type of moderate Republican we constantly are told is needed to win over centrist Democrats and independents.
But it’s not true in Rhode Island and many other blue states.
There are not enough centrist Democrats or independents willing to consider moderate Republicans in states like Rhode Island. In my home district, RI-01, we just reelected David Cicilline, someone even the liberal Providence Journal rejected as being untruthful, over the solid moderate Republican Brendan Doherty.
This state is run by the unions who have the Democratic policiticans in their pockets, and a populace which loves big government despite the state’s horrible fiscal position, including cities which have or are on the brink of bankruptcy.
It wasn’t always this way. Rhode Island had a history of electing moderate Republicans to statewide office, even if the legislature was controlled by Democrats. It was a balancing of power.
No more. Rhode Island is a death spiral state, and we’re loving it.
Robitaille, who ran a strong race for Governor in 2010, is bowing out of running in 2014, finding that Rhode Islanders are too in love with big government for a Republican to win. Via WPRI.com (emphasis mine):
The man who came within two percentage points of Gov. Lincoln Chafee in the 2010 gubernatorial race won’t be running for the office in 2014.
John Robitaille made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday morning, citing the outcome of the 2012 election as one of his reasons…
Robitaille ran on the GOP gubernatorial ticket in 2010. He garnered 34-percent of the vote, just two points shy of the 36 percent Chafee received.
After careful consideration and a thoughtful analysis of the outcome of this past election, I’ve decided not to run again for Governor of RI in 2014. Among other things, the fact that the voters of this state chose not elect some very good and well-funded Republicans who could have made a difference by restoring sound fiscal policies and changing the status quo. The voters also approved every bond issue and added more debt to our state.
While the pundits, the media and political consultants say that Republicans must change in order to win, I will not change who I am nor what I believe in to win an election.
For example, during the 2010 campaign I said repeatedly that RI does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. We must look seriously at every program and every dollar spent to ensure the precious tax dollars we have are being spent wisely and effectively. Evidently this message does not resonate here in RI.
RI is one of the most Democratic states in the country. 90% of the General Assembly, all of the Congressional Deligation and all of the General Officers are Democrats (including our Governor who for all intents and purposes is a Democrat.) It is clear that the voters of this state prefer a large and costly government and will continue to re-elect the same career politicians who have created this problem.
I will stay engaged and use my energies to encourage young people to become more self-reliant and innovative in an attempt to rekindle the spirit of self-reliance and entrepreneurship upon which this great country was built.
My most sincere thanks to all of my friends and supporters. I appreciate everything you have done “for the cause.”