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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Raimondo takes over Warwick

The new mayor of Warwick

When was the last time a sitting mayor left during their term to take a bus job? Political rumors are flying that Governor Gina Raimondo made Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian an offer he could not refuse in order to stage a "coup" of the city of Warwick. With the mayor gone, team Raimondo will take over Warwick in an attempt to gain traction on Cranston Mayor Fung. In Rhode Island, Warwick is the key city to win and recent polling numbers had Raimondo getting crushed by Fung with Independent voters. Raimondo has been hiring reporters who were digging into UHIP and buying national press coverage. Why not buy a city? Mayor Avedisian is a good man and who is well liked and respected, but the timing cannot be ignored. Mayor Cianci was known for hiring rivals but taking over an entire city is another level. 

Cranston first couple

A team of Avedisian/Fung campaigning in Warwick and Cranston could be too much for Gina to overcome. A democrat source claims it was a campaign consultant that came up with the idea of finding a way to remove Mayor Avedisian. Another political source claims the RIPTA job is a reward to Avedisian for keeping Chafee from running for Governor in a democrat primary against Raimondo. When you control city hall in a city, you control the power of the city and now the democrats are in control of Warwick. The RIPTA job has been open for over a year so why now? Why not wait 6 more months? A slew of Gina signs are headed to Warwick and the Raimondo staff will work to identify every possible Warwick voter with control over the office of the mayor. The Warwick city council will follow orders and do as they are told with the promise of state jobs. One of the conditions of the RIPTA job was to wait until May so there would be no time for a special election.

 Remember in politics there are no coincidences, and timing is everything. To find out what is really happening in campaign 2018, listen to the John DePetro Radio show.

Will it be Senator Chafee and Governor Brown?

Chafee for Senate 2018

Chafee 2018

What a day in the Rhode Island political world. First, the return of Lincoln " Gump" Chafee who smells blood with Senator Sheldon "save the planet" Whitehouse and demands a rematch of their 2006 senate race. Chafee claims he can hear Bernie Sanders in his head telling him to "challenge Sheldon" in a Democrat primary. "Make Metric Great Again" as the 1 percent Democrat Presidential candidate is ready to rumble for bragging rights at Bailey's beach club. Chafee is like a man unhinged ready to jump into any race to either get him out of the house or stay in the headlines. The Sheldon camp is not ready to press the panic button yet, but the ultra-progressive Chafee will push Sheldon very far left and loose crucial Independent voters.

Save the planet and Sheldon

  Meanwhile, Matt Brown makes it official he will challenge Governor Gina Raimondo in a Democrat primary. The Raimondo camp were completely blindsided by  Matt Brown and are in a panic over a progressive primary. Queena has terrible approval ratings and a primary is an absolute nightmare for her campaign. Matt Brown is a "Bernie Sanders" type progressive while Raimondo is the state version of Hillary. How bad are things with the Raimondo campaign? CH 10 was reporting her chief of staff Brett Smiley wanted to grab the RIPTA CEO job but was told no by the Governor. Smiley knows when the ship "be sinking" and the SS Gina is going down fast. The Raimondo campaign has been trying to offer up negative info on Matt Brown but so far the only taker is a fraud online website. Raimondo will watch her numbers sink even lower and will be below 30% by the next poll.

full panic

 Matt Brown is the worst challenger Gina could ask for since he is a true progressive and is not part of the party machine. Brown is a smart, outgoing, engaging individual who can stand toe to toe with Raimondo on stage. Brown will build momentum over the summer and will give Raimondo a very tough race.  Chafee will be a problem for Senator Whitehouse and cause Sheldon to defend himself and spend money. The Whitehouse camp plan to try and ignore Chafee, but there is bad blood there and Chafee has nothing to lose by bashing Sheldon. For the latest on campaign 2018, listen to the John DePetro Radio show.