The joy of watching local political races heat up.
While waiting for NFL pregame, I’m watching a riveting debate on local NBC Providence with the candidates who are running for Congress from the 1st District in Rhode Island.
David Segal, who looks about 24, is the most articulate of the candidates.
Current Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline seems like kind of a douchebag from my first TV impression, principally because he pulled one of my least favorite politician moves. The last time I met / talked to / watched a Providence mayor on TV was during the Buddy era, so this was my first look at Cicilline.
After David Segal said he wants to bring the troops home and stop spending on the war, except for expenses which relate to support and protection of the troops, Cicilline then talked about what made him different from David Segal and said something to the effect of, “what makes us different is that I support our troops.”
Fortunately, the moderator called Cicilline out on the fact that his opponent had just said he supports the troops and wants to continue to provide funding to support them, both in battle and when they return home, to which Cicilline responded that he didn’t mean to imply that his opponent doesn’t support the troops. He then reiterated that the difference between him and Segal is that he supports the troops.
Um, either you’re incompetent (retarded was my more offensive word) and can’t understand what other people say, or you’re disingenuous and intentionally choosing not to listen to others and misconstruing what someone else says.
Bill Lynch, another candidate at the debate, seems like a decent guy.
My brother then called and distracted me with software development chatter for the next 20 minutes.
As for the RI District 34 race closer to home, the one thing I know is that I wouldn’t vote for my next door neighbor in Narragansett, David Caprio. Sometimes, people who are politically powerful & connected do things that are so audacious that you can only surmise their egos are so big that they think they are above the laws of the land, or of common sense (see: Edwards, John).
I’ll bite my lip on what my beef is with the Caprios, tweedle dee (David) and tweedle dum (Frank), but I’d vote for David’s opponent, Teresa Tanzi, in a heart beat, and I don’t even know who she is. I’d also vote for Lincoln Chafee for Governor, who is running against tweedle dum.
Hopefully, our house won’t “mysteriously” burn down for saying that….
I will give the Caprios one thing, I did a lot of my most prolific underage drinking at the Coast Guard House. Thanks fellas for making The Coast Guard House a notoriously college kid friendly drinking establishment for so many years 🙂
Ok, time for Pats / Bengals…