Monday, June 4, 2012
Don't complain. Get involved instead.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Bob Houghtaling’s recent op/ed piece on EG Patch (“Sorry Charlie: Maybe it's time to look beyond resumes and good sound bites” - http://bit.ly/K6ovCo) is a largely accurate description of what bothers most of us about the current state of our political leadership. But the things to which he points may be more effect than cause. I would suggest that the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves (with apologies to Will Shakespeare…). For all kinds of reasons, individual participation in the political process has been declining for years. Those of us involved with one or another of the parties struggle to convince really good people to run for office. We all struggle to get people to the polls to vote. And the party organizations – doesn’t…
Monday, April 23, 2012
EG Republican Town Committee musters as election season begins.
Former gubernatorial hopeful John Robitaille pointed it out during a speech to local GOP town committee members last Thursday night at Caprice: East Greenwich is home base for the R.I. Republican party. Counting up EG’s local and state elected officials, it’s hard not to agree. In a state where Democrats hold most of the power, Republicans lay claim to all three state legislator posts, all five Town Council seats, and six out of seven School Committee positions in East Greenwich. Two nights after hosting a visit by Callista Gingrich, the EG Republican Town Committee gathered last Thursday evening to kick off the election season. With the primary just days away, they held a straw poll, charging $1 per “vote.” But, in this election anyway, …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The wife of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich joined some R.I. Republicans for dinner at Caprice on Main Street.
East Greenwich got a bit of presidential primary glow Tuesday night, when the EG GOP played host to Callista Gingrich, wife of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, at Caprice on Main Street. The faithful who gathered were largely Gingrich true believers, even as the former Speaker of the House has moved into footnote territory in terms of the 2012 election. “My problem is that I’m so much for Newt, I can’t imagine why he’s not resonating more around the country,” said Alexandra Mark, of Newport, in frustration. “When he talks, I listen.” According to Westerly Town Councilman Caswell Cooke, originally, Newt Gingrich was going to make a swing through Rhode Island. But, Cooke said, after Rick Santorum got out of the race last week, plans …