Category Archives: Congressional District 1

New RI News Site Launches: GoLocalProv.com

With the coming of the ProJo paywall, a new competitor is on the scene with top journalistic talent and a hot new website: GoLocalProv.com.

The brainchild of former Providence City Councilman and communications guru Josh Fenton, GoLocalProv.com is a great community collaboration of more than 50 Rhode Island journalists, photographers, writers and Mindsetters including John Ghiorse on weather, Scott Cordishi on sports, Liz Abbott and Tracy Minkin on news and Deneven O’Connell, Travis Rowley and yours truly on politics.

GoLocalProv Politics has two great stories up now:

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Progressive David Segal to Run for Patrick Kennedy’s Congressional Seat

RIFuture.org reports that the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is doing an online poll in preparation for Rep. David Segal’s potential run for Congress.

The Congressional seat in question – Rhode Island’s Congressional District 1 – is being vacated by Congressman Patrick Kennedy.  The Democratic candidates to date include Providence Mayor David Cicilline and former Democratic Party chairman Bill Lynch.

The conventional wisdom is split about who would be hurt more by Segal’s entrance into this race: some think that liberals supporting Cicilline would move to to the more progressive Segal thereby hurting Cicilline while others think that Cicilline has a strong group of supporters and Segal’s entrance would only divide the anti-Cicilline vote thereby huring Lynch.

The Race to Replace Kennedy Continues to Narrow

Congress: “They’re in”

Congress: “They’re seriously considering it.”

  • Rep. David Segal – Young, aggressive, progressive with a broad base of support.  Can run as the outsider and the reformer.
  • Donna Nesselbush – Private practice attorney, municipal judge in Pawtucket and former executive director of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Source tells me that she’s leaning against it.
  • Mayor Dan McKee – A source close to McKee tells me that the Cumberland Mayor is leaning toward running as people he trusts have gamed out a path to victory that’s convincing to him. He’s heading to D.C. early next week to discuss national fundraising through the Democrats for Education Reform network. McKee’s previous comments about running to the Journal are here.

Congress: They’re Out

  • Rep. Jon Brien – DINO and worst candidate of the bunch. Decided against it.  Read more.
  • Former Rep. Bob Weygand – former Congressman and URI executive.
  • Councilman Seth Yurdin – Progressive elected official with a base on Providence’s East Side.
  • State Sen. Josh Miller – small business owner and environmental champion.  Could raise money quickly.
  • Rep. Edith Ajello – represents powerful East Side.
  • Former State Sen. Myrth York – Money and name recognition.
  • Jeremy Kapstein – senior adviser to the Red Sox has been making waves lately about running for office in RI.
  • Joseph Amaral – former hospital executive.
  • Former Lt. Gov. Charlie Fogarty – former lt. governor and 2006 democratic gubernatorial nominee.  lots of name recognition.
  • Ari Matusiak – Housing and health care advocate; ran statewide housing ballot initiative; ability to raise fast money.
  • Guillaume de Ramel – unsuccessful Secretary of State candidate in 2006, but got a large number of votes.
  • Nicholas Pell – grandson of Claiborne Pell.  His comments about running are here. He issued a statement on 2/23 that he is not running.
  • Rep. Ed Pacheco – young, aggressive progressive who has proven he can win over conservative voters in Burrillville.  His comments about running to the Journal are here. He issued a statement on 2/22 that he is not running.
  • Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed – it would be skeptical that the Senate President would give up her job to run in a primary for Congress, but she certainly has name recognition and the ability to raise money. More here.
  • Sec. of State Ralph Mollis – current Secretary of State considering a look at Congress.
  • Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts – with Emily’s list, could win a divided primary.
  • Former Rep. Betsy Dennigan (already has a federal account) – moved from CD1 to CD2 to run against Langevin.  Does she move back? She emailed me and said shes in it to win it in CD=2.
  • Treasurer Frank Caprio – A Caprio campaign spokesperson called and said that there is no chance that Caprio will be running for Congress — he is running for Governor.
  • Attorney General Patrick Lynch – A Lynch campaign spokesperson writes and says to take Lynch’s name off the list because he is “definitely running for Governor.”
  • Gina Raimondo – currently running for Treasurer, but could raise fast money for Congressional bid. She’s definitely running for Treasurer.
  • Kate Coyne-McCoy – In CD-2. She’s staying at EM.

Republicans?

  • IN – State Representative John Loughlin
  • THINKING ABOUT IT – Former Superior Court Judge Mark Pfeiffer.  More here.

Who’s Running for Congress in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District

Congress: “They’re in”

Congress: “They’re seriously considering it.”

  • Rep. David Segal – Young, aggressive, progressive with a broad base of support.  Can run as the outsider and the reformer.
  • Donna Nesselbush – Private practice attorney, municipal judge in Pawtucket and former executive director of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Source tells me that she’s leaning against it.
  • Mayor Dan McKee – A source close to McKee tells me that the Cumberland Mayor is leaning toward running as people he trusts have gamed out a path to victory that’s convincing to him. He’s heading to D.C. early next week to discuss national fundraising through the Democrats for Education Reform network. McKee’s previous comments about running to the Journal are here.
  • Rep. Jon Brien – DINO and worst candidate of the bunch.

Congress: They’re Out

  • Former Rep. Bob Weygand – former Congressman and URI executive.
  • Councilman Seth Yurdin – Progressive elected official with a base on Providence’s East Side.
  • State Sen. Josh Miller – small business owner and environmental champion.  Could raise money quickly.
  • Rep. Edith Ajello – represents powerful East Side.
  • Former State Sen. Myrth York – Money and name recognition.
  • Jeremy Kapstein – senior adviser to the Red Sox has been making waves lately about running for office in RI.
  • Joseph Amaral – former hospital executive.
  • Former Lt. Gov. Charlie Fogarty – former lt. governor and 2006 democratic gubernatorial nominee.  lots of name recognition.
  • Ari Matusiak – Housing and health care advocate; ran statewide housing ballot initiative; ability to raise fast money.
  • Guillaume de Ramel – unsuccessful Secretary of State candidate in 2006, but got a large number of votes.
  • Nicholas Pell – grandson of Claiborne Pell.  His comments about running are here. He issued a statement on 2/23 that he is not running.
  • Rep. Ed Pacheco – young, aggressive progressive who has proven he can win over conservative voters in Burrillville.  His comments about running to the Journal are here. He issued a statement on 2/22 that he is not running.
  • Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed – it would be skeptical that the Senate President would give up her job to run in a primary for Congress, but she certainly has name recognition and the ability to raise money. More here.
  • Sec. of State Ralph Mollis – current Secretary of State considering a look at Congress.
  • Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts – with Emily’s list, could win a divided primary.
  • Former Rep. Betsy Dennigan (already has a federal account) – moved from CD1 to CD2 to run against Langevin.  Does she move back? She emailed me and said shes in it to win it in CD=2.
  • Treasurer Frank Caprio – A Caprio campaign spokesperson called and said that there is no chance that Caprio will be running for Congress — he is running for Governor.
  • Attorney General Patrick Lynch – A Lynch campaign spokesperson writes and says to take Lynch’s name off the list because he is “definitely running for Governor.”
  • Gina Raimondo – currently running for Treasurer, but could raise fast money for Congressional bid. She’s definitely running for Treasurer.
  • Kate Coyne-McCoy – In CD-2. She’s staying at EM.

Republicans?

and, even with the candidacy of Republican John Loughlin already announced, watch out for the entrance of conservative Republican former US Senate…

  • Former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey

Paiva-Weed Declines to Run for Congress

Scott MacKay at WRNI reports that State Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed will not run for Congress.

Rhode Island Senate president Teresa Paive Weed would bring many assets to a race for 1st District Congress: a Newport, Aquidneck Island base, a strong electoral record and a proven legislative resume.

She is also of Portuguese descent and Portugese-Americans are arguably the most impotant ethnic voting group in the East Bay. But Paiva Weed has decided to stay in the State House, where she is the first woman Senate president. Her decision not to run means that there is not a strong woman candidate in the race that has so far attracted Providence Mayor David Cicilline and Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch of Pawtucket. The other woman mentioned as a candidate was Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, who has also decided to pass on the contest.

Elizabeth Roberts Declines to Run for Kennedy Congressional Seat

The list of potential Democratic contenders to replace retiring Congressman Patrick Kennedy has been reduced by one.  Today, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts – as expected – declined to run and announced her intention to run for re-election as Lt. Governor.

Today, Lt. Governor Roberts made the following statement, “Over the last few days, I have been humbled by the support of many Rhode Islanders who have encouraged me to enter the race to succeed Congressman Kennedy representing Rhode Island’s first district in Washington. While it would be an honor to have the opportunity to be a member of congress, my place right now is here in Rhode Island.

“As I declared last July, I will run for re-election as lieutenant governor. Rhode Islanders need an advocate – someone who will stand up to insurance companies who are looking for double digit rate increases and will work to bring down the cost of health care, and most importantly, someone who works with small business owners to grow jobs in our state.

“Tonight, I stood up for businesses large and small across the state who are struggling with the worst economy in decades in the face of more double digit increases from health insurance companies. I will continue to fight for RI businesses and families as Lt. Governor.”

David Cicilline Announces for US Congress

Here is Cicilline’s statement:

Today, I am announcing my candidacy for the United States Congress in the First District of the State of Rhode Island.

I’m running for Congress because Washington has lost sight of what is really happening to the hard-working middle class in the cities and towns in America. There’s a dangerous disconnect between what Washington thinks will help the American people out of this miserable economic decline and what will really make a difference in their lives right now. I see the cost and the reality of that disconnect every single day.

Rhode Island has been hit as hard as any place in America by this recession. Unemployment here is nearly the worst in the country. And no matter what the hopeful stirrings and positive signs they’re seeing in the rest of America, the fact is that Rhode Island is still in the thick of the worst of it. Somehow Washington hasn’t figured out that our Number One priority has to be creating, retaining, and training for jobs of the future.

Rhode Islanders don’t want to hear about billions of federal dollars in bank bailouts. They don’t even want to hear about billions of dollars of stimulus funds tagged for Rhode Island if that money isn’t helping them find jobs and pay for groceries today.

I’m running for Congress to take to Washington what I know about getting hard things done. That’s what mayors do every day—solve difficult problems. We cut costs, resolve complex problems, and look an impossible challenge in the eye and just figure it out. We know how to work across party lines and build coalitions to get things done. I intend to bring these critical skills and perspectives to Washington and represent this state’s urgent need to move beyond our current stagnancy and toward the economic vitality that I am so confident is within our reach.

I am gratified by the outpouring of support from the many people who have urged me to run for Congress. I look forward to presenting my vision for the future of this great country to the citizens of Rhode Island’s First District in the coming months.

Finally, I want to thank Patrick Kennedy for his extraordinary service to our state and the nation. His passionate and courageous leadership has made a lasting difference in the lives of Rhode Islanders.

David N. Cicilline