Update on the Moderate Party of Rhode Island

From the Providence Journal:

Moderate Party candidate Kenneth J. Block, who announced his candidacy [for governor -p] the third week of February, raised about $32,000 and loaned his campaign $250,000, party spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger said.

Also from the same article:

Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee — an independent who has led in the polls — raised about $100,000, said his campaign manager, J.R. Pagliarini

9 thoughts on “Update on the Moderate Party of Rhode Island

  1. Trent Hill

    I dont get why this guy, a moderate, would run against Independent and moderate Lincoln Chafee?

  2. Richard Winger

    What irks me is that the Moderate Party had a bill pending in the legislature last year to ease the definition of “party”, and they let it go. It could probably have passed if they had worked on it. It had already passed one house.

  3. Trent Hill

    How silly to spend 280,000 on a race that they probably won’t get 5% in, instead of just lobbying for a bill.

  4. Starchild

    If someone from the Moderate Party is reading this, I would be curious to know whether your party will support decriminalizing prostitution again in Rhode Island.

    Rhode Island decriminalized indoor (as opposed to street-based) prostitution in 1980, but this fact was not widely known. Last November the state legislature again re-criminalized the consensual sale of sexual services among adults in private.

    Does the Moderate Party favor people being able to use their own bodies as they choose so long as it does not violate the rights of anyone else?

    Would you be willing to make reversing the legislature’s 2009 action part of your platform?

  5. Connected in RI

    I have very good visibility to RI politics in general, and the MPRI effort in particular.

    Chafee had no interest in becoming the MPRI gubernatorial candidate. He is intent on running as a lone wolf – one individual who without a significant change in the General Assembly cannot make significant change in the state.

    The MPRI is focused on winning the statewide offices for which they have candidates. These races are all winnable for a well-run campaign.

    The ballot access bill had no real chance of success in this election year General Assembly session, especially since the bill would so clearly benefit a new party that was trying to shake up the status quo in the state.

    Don’t be so certain that 5% is unattainable. Done right, Block can win. The candidate field is weak – some names and money, but not outstanding leadership and every one of the candidates represents some form of political dynasty except for Block.

    I can’t speak for the MPRI in terms of any specific policy positions, but for me personally, I am quite happy that prostitution is now fully illegal in RI.

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