Sen. Raptakis to Challenge Sec. of State Ralph Mollis

While Ian Donnis at WRNI reported that State Senator Lou Raptakis (D-33) is rumored to be running for Secretary of State or General Treasurer, it has now come to my attention that Raptakis has indeed made a decision and will be challenging incumbent Democratic Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis in the September 14, 2010 Democratic Primary.

In addition to his new campaign website,, Raptakis is currently calling prominent Democrats in an effort to raise money and he’s asserting that he’s indeed running for Secretary of State.  As of October 1, 2009, Raptakis had $32k in his campaign account versus $16k for the incumbent Mollis.

And, while there is no known Republican candidate running for this seat currently, Raptakis would definitely look to tack to the right of Mollis.  For example, Raptakis has signed the Taxpayer “Pledge” created by conservative leader Grover Norquist.  In addition, Raptakis last year called for the ouster of Democratic Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed.  Further, Raptakis has advocated legislation to reduce funding for public art.

Thus, 2010 looks to be quite a combative year for Rhode Island Democrats.  In addition to the Secretary of State’s race, there will be competitive primaries in several other statewide races:


  • Frank Caprio
  • Patrick Lynch

Attorney General

  • Steve Archambault
  • Joseph Fernandez
  • Peter Kilmartin

General Treasurer

  • Tom Sgouros
  • Gina Raimondo
  • Stephen Costantino
  • William Walaska

3 responses to “Sen. Raptakis to Challenge Sec. of State Ralph Mollis

  1. There isn’t enough Greeks in RI to get Rap elected, while all his money comes from GREECE.

    The Portugese and Italians of Mollis heritage alone will kill the Rap in the DemoRAT Primary.

    The MEMBERS of the State Senate will be campaigning hard to keep the RAP out.

    The RAP is covering his back by having his wife run for his Senate seat. Good move because she might be in but you will be out.

  2. Oh, my. That’s going to make it very interesting. I happen to like Lou. Anyone who runs a small business in this state deserves our respect. Interesting that he’s taking on an incumbent of his own party. However, I think Mollis is vulnerable, so it’s probably a good choice.

    Looks like the Dems have a full plate. A plate of what, remains to be seen.

    PS I never realized that being General Treasurer was all that great. 5 Dem candidates?

  3. Will, the Gen Treas office is RI is the mother of all campaign cash cows. When you sign all the checks, you get a lot of “friends”.

    I’m sure, for all 5 Dems, the vision is of $ signs and a springboard to future ambitions and has nothing to do with helping the state.

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