Success of Republican Allan Fung is Forcing Democrats to Spend Money in Rhode Island
“in deep-blue Rhode Island, it’s Fung, the Republican, leading Seth Magaziner, the state treasurer, in polls in a congressional district Democrats have held for more than three decades and President Joe Biden won by nearly 14 points in 2020”
Republican congressional candidate Allan Fung is doing so well in Rhode Island that he is forcing Democrats to spend money on a race they never expected to be competitive.
Fung’s rise in this race is so unusual that it has attracted the attention of prominent media outlets.
This is from Politico:
Democrats are putting money and resources into … Rhode Island
Democrats are casting Allan Fung as a pro-Trump Republican who would help usher an “extremist” agenda back to Congress.
It’s messaging straight out of the national playbook of a party trying to keep voters focused on reproductive rights and anti-Donald Trump sentiments — and off of rising everyday costs — as they work to minimize their losses in November.
Elsewhere in New England, it appears to be working: Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, leads Donald Trump-endorsed Republican Geoff Diehl by at least 18 points in public polls of the governor’s race. Vulnerable New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan is averaging a nearly 6-point polling lead over self-described “pro-life” retired Army Gen. Don Bolduc.
But in deep-blue Rhode Island, it’s Fung, the Republican, leading Seth Magaziner, the state treasurer, in polls in a congressional district Democrats have held for more than three decades and President Joe Biden won by nearly 14 points in 2020.
This shouldn’t be a competitive race.
Fung’s campaign is working hard to make this happen.
Mailer sent by @CLFSuperPAC in support of Mayor @AllanFungRI. The mailer uses quotes from U.S. House Majority Leader @StenyHoyer (D-MD) and current RI-02 Congressman @JimLangevin (D) that say nice things about Fung. pic.twitter.com/8MwNQJ6P6w
— Raymond; Host of Ray-ality TV (@RaymondB916) October 17, 2022
AD WATCH: House GOP outside group @CLFSuperPAC is going up with a new TV spot criticizing @SethMagaziner over energy costs, referencing the new charge on methane emissions in the Inflation Reduction Act – the group has now committed $2M to #RI02 https://t.co/Aq9b2qWoas
— Ted Nesi (@TedNesi) October 15, 2022
Here’s that ad:
Democrats have held this seat for so long that they think it belongs to them, but as Scott Brown said so many years ago, it’s the people’s seat.
One of the things helping Fung is his successful record as mayor of Cranston, RI. He recently talked about that on FOX and Friends:
Thank you to @CarleyShimkus for having me on @FoxFriendsFirst today to discuss our race for #RI02 and my record on:
✅Taking Cranston's finances from 📉to 📈
✅Working across the aisle to get things done 🤝
✅Fighting to lower home heating costs 🔥 pic.twitter.com/u20UKddU9F
— Mayor Allan Fung (@AllanFungRI) October 19, 2022
Fung and Democrat Magaziner just had a debate, and according to the WPRI News poll, Fung won:
The results of the @wpri12 insta-poll were pretty clear. Allan has plans to lower the costs of groceries and get these energy prices under control. His opponent kept interrupting & talking over everyone with tired old cookie cutter scare tactics. #FungForCongress🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/DYbyWUIp3w
— Mayor Allan Fung (@AllanFungRI) October 19, 2022
This was Fung’s opening statement:
I have not had time to watch this yet, but if you want to watch the whole hour-long debate, you can do so below:
This will be an important race to watch on election night.
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People are waking up. Unfortuately, the hacks screwing us in the GOP aren’t.
Kevin McCarthy — We’re not going to impeach Biden:
If we are SO STUPID to allow Kevin McCarthy and/or McConnell to take leadership positions in the House and the Senate, we deserve to lose our country to the fascist left.
We don’t need to impeach Biden, we need to neuter him. Gaining both houses and putting the fear of indictment into his minions will do that.
There are plenty of others who directly need impeaching to resolve our issues with AG Garland leading the pack.
If we win a majority in both Houses of Congress, and the GOPe refuses to fight the Left like they have for the last couple of decades, then the first order of business has to be founding a political party to oppose both Democrats and the GOPe.
We already have it’s Trumps American Party… period
There’s a path by which the Republicans could smash the Dems, and take power for themselves. They seem not to be interested in taking that path, not even for the benefit of the country and the people at large. Why not? It seems to indicate that they are in on the game, and the game is socialism and a new world order. They are just playing roles, with the objective of deceiving people into thinking the objectives of the two major parties are different, and in so doing serve the purpose of blocking out candidates who represent true opposition. They are placeholders who keep seats filled to prevent their filling by people who (like Trump) would throw a monkey wrench into their plans.
People are getting tired of being told why they shouldn’t vote Republican. They want to hear why they should vote for Democrats….and all they get is “We aren’t Republicans!” – When you can’t afford to rent and you can’t afford to buy, and you can’t afford the gas, and you can’t afford your health insurance premiums, and grocery costs are nearly not quite double what they were pre-pandemic….Even hard leftists are starting to want real answers and policies that actually help them.
Spread the defense. Swarms of individual races and candidates defeat the megaphone mono-message. Better, it defeats the Alinsky personalize n discredit tactic.
You can’t stop the signal.
Just because the guy has an R after his name doesn’t mean he’s anything but a Democrat in spirit.
We are such naifs, thinking every time that THIS election the GOP will find its balls.. It won’t,
Lucy and the football.
The we need to stay on their case from day 1. The more people that write, the more they listen.
I live in the district, and I watched the debate. Most of it was very predictable, but one question and their answers stood out for me. BTW, the two moderators from the Providence Journal did one of the best jobs I’ve ever seen. The question was, “If you’re elected, what congressperson on the other side of the aisle do you think you could work with?” Fung’s answer was he thought he could work with someone like Stephanie Murphy, congresswoman from Florida, because “we are both reasonable people.”
Magaziner’s response was he thought he could work with Liz Cheney. That got a short burst of applause from the half of the audience that were Democrats, but it told me one of two things. Either Magaziner is unaware Cheney has already lost her seat, or there isn’t any Republican he thinks he can work with who will actually be there. Since I would like to see some real bi-partisanship, that sealed my vote for Fung regardless of anything else he said.
He also seems unaware that Cheney is a Senator.
“The horror. The horror. The horror.”
A horror even Col. Kurtz could never have imagined.
Magaziner looks and sounds like the twin separated at birth from that CT mealy mouthed hack, Chris Murphy.