Goldin Eyes Senate Leadership

Imagine if you will: It’s opening day of the new general assembly, January 2021, Dominick Ruggerio has just been ousted as senate president while his buddy, citizen Mattiello, is back in Cranston explaining to the Little League parents that the taxpayers of Rhode Island will no longer be subsidizing their kids’ hobbies.

This all could happen. Mattiello is certainly vulnerable and it looks like we will have a real challenge to senate leadership coming up. According to the ProJo:

Goldin on Tuesday confirmed widespread rumors that she has been exploring a run for Senate president or Senate majority leader, depending on the potential vote count.

“There are a lot of conversations happening,” Goldin told The Journal on Tuesday.

Toppling the conservative Ruggerio, of North Providence, from the presidency would require the backing of the majority of the 38-member Senate on the opening day of the 2021 session.

Those new to the state may not understand how conservative our so-called Democrats can be. Here is Senator Goldin:

“The Rhode Island Senate is currently led by two men who are anti-choice, NRA A-rated. They voted against marriage equality and they did not support legislation that would make it easier to vote in a pandemic.”

There are 17 contested races for the State Senate in November. If your district is one of them, call both parties (even if you’ve already voted) and let them know you demand a change and support Gayle Goldin for Senate President.

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I can never write about Senate President Ruggerio without adding these telling events from his past. From my post last year, “Ruggerio Cancels Democracy”:

. . . a quick primer on Ruggerio’s illustrious career: 1) A forty-year-old Ruggerio was first arrested in 2012 for shoplifting condoms. He shoved them in his sock . . . he was with his mother at the time. CVS declined to press charges. 2) That same year Ruggerio was arrested for drunk driving in Barrington, with his pal Senator Frank Ciccone following in on the arrest and threatening the police officer’s pension, an event described by John Oliver as “Peak Rhode Island” (at the 11:45 mark). Both men ran unopposed in the 2014 mid-terms.

So don’t get mad, get busy! Contact your senate candidates and ask them to commit to a much-needed change in our senate leadership. And there’s over a week until the election — if you want to volunteer for some excellent candidates, go to the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus.

 

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