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David Cicilline (D RI-01) buys votes the old fashioned way, with federal money

David Cicilline (D RI-01) buys votes the old fashioned way, with federal money

Disgraced former Mayor of Providence David Cicilline, who was forced to admit he lied to voters about Providence’s financial health when running for Congress in 2010, is out with a new television ad which is typical of how Rhode Island politicians buy votes with taxpayer money:

There isn’t much of a record for Cicilline to run on, so it’s no surprise he’s resorted to this type of campaigning. Also expect Ciciline to give a re-run of his 2010 Scare Grandma Tour, in which he toured senior centers and falsely told the elderly they might not get their checks if the Republicans took over.

Cicilline’s challenger is Republican Brendan Doherty, the former Superintendent of the State Police.

I haven’t had a chance to meet Doherty yet, but by all accounts he’s a completely straight shooter. Doherty was ahead in some polls taken over the winter, let’s see how Doherty holds up against a completely shameless campaigner like Cicilline.

This is a winnable flip-seat.  While Doherty is a Northeastern Republican in the Scott Brown mold, that is what can work here in the most Democratic state in the country.

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…let’s see how Doherty holds up against a completely shameless campaigner like Cicilline.

The question is how RI voters hold up. As with the Warren and Obama candidacies, the public has no one to blame but themselves if they take refuge in denial. The truth is staring us in the face and screaming.

Incredible. He wants to be elected because he uses his office to pull strings for individuals rather than on how he does his job.

    SeanInLI in reply to janitor. | August 5, 2012 at 5:12 am

    A lot of people think an elected official’s job is to help “cut through the red tape”, to act as a sort of glorified ombudsman or social worker.

legacyrepublican | August 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Fade from black with medium shot of Doherty over latest Cicilline ad.

Doherty: What kind of help is it when this [ pointing to a running national debt clock in upper right hand corner that appears when he points to it ] threatens to pull the rug out from under the very people he claims to have helped.

Switch to shot of Doherty walking along the beach

Doherty: Until we reign in the out of control spending in Washington D.C., no senior, disabled vet, or victim of cancer will be safe. Nor will be your family, business, or education be safe either. Rep. Cicilline and his mignons in Washington D.C. have got to stop acting like our economy is like the Titanic, unsinkable, and they can spend, spend, spend!

Dorherty reaches down into the ocean water and picks up a tattered life preserver that says Titanic.

Doherty: Our unsinkable ship, our economy, can’t take on another $5 trillion in debt without sinking under the waves and into the abyss.

Dorherty turns and walks up the beach stage left as the national debt clock turns up like a sinking boat and sinks into the ocean dragging images of those in the Cicilline ad with it.

Prof. Jacobson? He’s a Statie–not a metro cop–and his name redounds of the Emerald Isle…. You don’t need to meet him to know he’s the Real Deal; I got a family full of them, and that’s how they ALL roll. 🙂

Wait, aren’t there like only 250 people in the whole state of Rhode Island? (That’s “Road Island” to the people in the White House scheduling Joe Biden’s trips.)

I guess that “motor-voter” thing is working to his advantage…

    William A. Jacobson in reply to WarEagle82. | August 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Many years ago Rhode Island had a tourism advertising campaign whose slogan was “We have everything Texas has, without the empty space”

      I think the original line in Casablanca was “We’ll always have Block Island.” For some reason they changed it at the last minute.

      Hell, we have counties bigger than Rhode Island. And some of them have cattle that are smarter voters!

        GrumpyOne in reply to Ragspierre. | August 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

        Hold on there podner… The whole country has been dumbed down but back east they are simply more efficient in accomplish success.

        Hopefully, the former State Police superintendent will succeed in tossing Cicillini aside. It’s all that far back when RI had a “real” Republican Senator and two GOP representatives.

        Now, I just enjoy the infighting from a safe 2,000 mile distance…

      Prof… Do you remember, “The biggest little state…?”

      A truly annoying commercial at that! Back in the 1970’s or early 1980’s.

TrooperJohnSmith | August 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Ciccilline is a sympton of the broken system is Washington. With the politicized “People’s House” accountable every two years, we can expect this stuff. Free sh!t reinforces loyalty like nothing else. How can we stop this?

Well, The Founders knew how to keep this from happening. As y’all khe original plan was for the Senate to be a more deliberative counter-weight, appointed as the states’ voices by the state legislatures. Nice concept.

Trash comes from the House, the Senate views it through the lens of state sovereignty, modifies or kills it. Serving a six year term removed them from much of the political fray.

And the came along the Progressives’ and their 17th Amendment, the direct election of Senators. Now, we have a highly-politicized, House on steroids, where they can depend on the stupid electorate having a short memory.

That’s why we have gridlock. The Perfect System was subverted by the Progressive ideal. This belongs with the Progressives’ equally-stupid Volstead Act, which gave us the 18th Amendment. Horrible freaking idea. We had sense enough to repeal the 18th, for the good and health of the nation. Let’s start a movement to get rid of the 17th Amendment, and return control of the Senate to the states! [This is where I yell, ‘Wolverines’!]

Then, the Cicillines of the world will not find like-minded, willing accomplices in the Senate.

Resist & Resolve!

    Ragspierre in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | August 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Second that emotion!

    Seriously, the Senate was SUPPOSED to be one of the ways states maintained states’ rights.

    Now, they’re just another (bigger, fatter) Congress.

    WarEagle82 in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | August 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Been saying this for years. In fact, I posted it no long ago somewhere here on LI.

    Looks like Rags, you, Punfundit and me are in agreement. I’ll do a 12 ounce curl tonight in honor of all of you.

    (But keep an eye out for old elkh1 cuz he ain’t so fond of the idea.)

Henry Hawkins | August 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Is Cicilline as unctious and smarmy as this ad makes him seem?

Also, is Professor Jacobson a Rhode Island Scholar?

    GrumpyOne in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    The Prof is a native Rhode Islander as am I.

    He is smarter though just by virtue of having left at a much earlier age…

      William A. Jacobson in reply to GrumpyOne. | August 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      For the record, I am not a “native” Rhode Islander, but it has been my home state for almost 20 years.

This is one of the races where it would be worth helping the challenger. Due to the weakness of the incumbent and the fact he is a first-term incumbent, the easiest to beat, there is a reasonable chance of flipping the seat.

We have many races out there with good challengers that the smart money, being finite, has to pass on. This isn’t of those.

I might be stated that Cicilline has the same level of moral standards as does the “Fake Indian” in the Bay State…

None at all!