Rhode Island Democratic Showcase 2014

This evening Keyron and I attended the Democratic Showcase. We got to hear from our entire U.S. congressional delegation, and all the candidates for attorney general,  treasurer, governor and lt. governor. 

Now in the front right quadrant of the room was the Democratic Committee. Something I noticed – lots of gray hair and no hair in that group. I think the party in general needs a lot of new blood. 

Now on to the candidates. Todd Giruox whose campaign I have done a lot of work on – went first. I have to applaud him for two reasons. First, he’s now managed to mitigate the uh and um problem and secondly he was the ONLY candidate who offered solid ideas on how to get Rhode Island back on it’s feet. 

Then came Clay Pell who did an obvious pander to the Latino’s in the crowd by switching from Spanish to English during the first part of his speech. I actually said out loud “En Ingles por favor!” which translates to “In English Please!”. But Pell’s credit he didn’t go off on a tangent this time. Pretty impressive. 

Next up was Gina Raimondo – and I credit Keyron for spotting this but she played the emotional angle. Her poor recently deceased father who was a fighter. Yeah yeah. But here’s the thing, they did treasurer before governor and the people vying for the office didn’t paint a pretty picture about Raimondo’s tenure. 

And finally there was Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. He told the same musty Lay-Away story – in fact his entire speech I’ve heard before. But he also said something that got Keyron pissed off – about how our ancestors came here. In Keyron’s case his ancestors were brought here as slaves. So that one fell flat. 

All in all – pretty much the same. Lots of bloviating and hot air. We ended up leaving close to an hour early as I only really wanted to hear if anything changed on the gubernatorial scene. 

Here’s how I call it:

It’s either going to be Gina Raimondo or Todd Giroux. Taveras doesn’t have a chance. Nor does Clay Pell who is not only trading on an ancestors name, but pandering now. 

 

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