Tag: Clay Pell

Keyron’s Thoughts: RI Democratic Showcase

So I brought Keyron with me to the RI Democratic Showcase last night. He had some rather interesting things to say about the whole affair.

Regarding Gina Raimondo his impression of her was “She sounds like a stuck up , preppy, teachers pet and ass kisser”

That made me laugh out loud. She’s got to get those emphatic hands under control. And I find out she lives across the street from friends of ours sister. Interesting. 

Now on Clay Pell – I think you’re all pretty sure about my thoughts on Clay. But Keyron had this to say: “He’s a dweeb and a bed wetter, then he needs to be stuffed into a locker with only his inhaler.” Oh an d Pell had mentioned he served in the U.S. Coast Guard in North Carolina. Keyron had worked at the USCG Station in Elizabeth City and wonders if maybe Pell cycled through there. From what Keyron tells me they weren’t the brightest bulbs at that USCG Station. 

Regards the whole event, his thoughts were “It was like a high school rally or assembly.” And that the whole event gave him high school flashbacks. 

You know, when I look at it from his perspective it’s true. Every last bit of it. 

Rhode Island Democratic Showcase 2014

This evening Keyron and I attended the Democratic Showcase. We got to hear from our entire U.S. congressional delegation, and all the candidates for attorney general,  treasurer, governor and lt. governor. 

Now in the front right quadrant of the room was the Democratic Committee. Something I noticed – lots of gray hair and no hair in that group. I think the party in general needs a lot of new blood. 

Now on to the candidates. Todd Giruox whose campaign I have done a lot of work on – went first. I have to applaud him for two reasons. First, he’s now managed to mitigate the uh and um problem and secondly he was the ONLY candidate who offered solid ideas on how to get Rhode Island back on it’s feet. 

Then came Clay Pell who did an obvious pander to the Latino’s in the crowd by switching from Spanish to English during the first part of his speech. I actually said out loud “En Ingles por favor!” which translates to “In English Please!”. But Pell’s credit he didn’t go off on a tangent this time. Pretty impressive. 

Next up was Gina Raimondo – and I credit Keyron for spotting this but she played the emotional angle. Her poor recently deceased father who was a fighter. Yeah yeah. But here’s the thing, they did treasurer before governor and the people vying for the office didn’t paint a pretty picture about Raimondo’s tenure. 

And finally there was Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. He told the same musty Lay-Away story – in fact his entire speech I’ve heard before. But he also said something that got Keyron pissed off – about how our ancestors came here. In Keyron’s case his ancestors were brought here as slaves. So that one fell flat. 

All in all – pretty much the same. Lots of bloviating and hot air. We ended up leaving close to an hour early as I only really wanted to hear if anything changed on the gubernatorial scene. 

Here’s how I call it:

It’s either going to be Gina Raimondo or Todd Giroux. Taveras doesn’t have a chance. Nor does Clay Pell who is not only trading on an ancestors name, but pandering now.