State of Rhode Island secondary Archives: on Principles & Values


Allan Fung: Condemned with IFFY award for running "Issue-Free" campaign

OnTheIssues attempted and failed to compile the issue stances of this candidate--which means the candidate actively sought to hide issue stances from the internet, the news media, and the voters. OnTheIssues undertook due diligence--including writing to the campaign--and got no response. We will eventually infer the candidate's issue stances from a future voting record--but voters should demand to know about the candidate's stance on their favorite issues (and then send them to us!) We consider "issue-free campaigners" to be untrustworthy of holding elected office--the IFFY award means they are "iffy" officeholders.

NBC10 reports that Fung avoided all primary debates: "The two favorite contenders for the major party's nominations are refusing to appear in any of the offered statewide forums. 'It's not OK in a democracy,' NBC 10's political analyst said. 'Avoiding debates might rub voters the wrong way and they might just end up staying home in the general election.' " We agree.

Source: IFFY disendorsement in 2018 Rhode Island Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2018

Bob Flanders: Let both sides be heard in Supreme Court Kavanaugh hearings

Bob Flanders described the U.S. Senate hearing into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "the epitome of what is wrong with Washington today,? and more particularity, the incumbent he is challenging: Sheldon Whitehouse.

"I want to express my respect for the courage that it took for Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford to tell her story in front of a national audience,? Flanders said. "Both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh deserved to have their perspectives heard in a fair and impartial hearing. Unfortunately, they were not given that opportunity.

"Sheldon Whitehouse's juvenile questioning about high school yearbooks and flatulation were a new low in our nation's judicial nomination process. Rather than follow his Constitutional obligation to `advise & consent,' Sheldon has decided to deceive & beleaguer."

Asked what next steps he believes the Senate should take, Flanders said he supports the one-week delay [for an FBI investigation into Ford's allegations].

Source: Providence Journal on 2018 Rhode Island Senate race Sep 28, 2018

Mark Zaccaria: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework

Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Zaccaria: Strongly Disagree.

Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Zaccaria: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Zaccaria: I am a Christian. I am a practicing member of the United Methodist church. I am a member of the leadership of my Congregation.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Mark Zaccaria: Former chair of state GOP; former Town Council member

The ex-chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party has jumped into the race against Democratic Senator Jack Reed. Mark Zaccaria is a late entrant. Warwick city employee Raymond McKay had announced his candidacy but was stymied by a local ordinance prohibiting city employees from running for office.

Zaccaria has twice run for Congress in the 2nd District held by Rep. Jim Langevin and chaired the party from 2011 to 2013. He's a former member of the North Kingstown Town Council. He told The Providence Journal he's not running "just because I happen to have a pulse." He says he's doing so to offer a viable alternative to Reed. Reed has been in the Senate since 1997. He won his last re-election campaign handily.

Source: Associated Press/ABC-6 on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race Jun 25, 2014

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