Statement from Rhode Island Democratic National Committeewoman Liz Beretta-Perik:
Where Will Joe Powers Go Next to Try to Win an Election?
WARWICK, RI- After losing recent special elections in the historically Republican areas of Cranston’s Ward 6 and Foster, Joe Powers jumped in the Republican Congressional clown car to attempt to elect Jim Jordan, an election denier and MAGA extremist as Speaker of the House.
Powers, a failed State Senate candidate in Cranston, this time went half-way across the country and was unable to influence a Republican member of Congress from Nebraska to vote for Jordan. Where will Powers go next to push his extreme right-wing positions that are out of touch with Rhode Island and the country?
Statement from Rhode Island Democratic National Committeewoman Liz Beretta-Perik Regarding RI GOP Chairman’s Endorsement of Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House:
WARWICK, RI– “It is appalling that Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Joe Powers would endorse Jim Jordan, an election-denier representing the extreme MAGA wing of the Republican Party who is out of touch with average Rhode Islanders. Congressman Jordan stood with the insurrectionists who attacked democracy on January 6th by attempting to obstruct the results of a legitimate Presidential election. Jordan has also failed to address allegations of his role in a highly publicized sexual abuse case.”
“Joe Powers, a failed candidate who lost his own Senate race in Cranston and then the recent special election races in the traditionally Republican areas of Ward 6 in Cranston and the Town of Foster, has once again demonstrated how his extreme Republican positions do not resonate with Rhode Island voters. Joe Powers and his pals Jim Jordan and Donald Trump are simply wrong for Rhode Island and the country.”
Jack Bergman–Too Extreme for Rhode Island
Gerry Leonard Stands With Election Denying Congressman and Reversing Rhode Island’s Progress
WARWICK, RI– America is under siege by Republican extremism. Every day, Republicans in Congress push bigotry to fulfill their twisted agenda. Aligning themselves with this extremism, Gerry Leonard’s campaign welcomed to Rhode Island an anti-choice, anti-LGBT+ rights, election denying congressman from Michigan to help kick-off the general election.
Jack Bergman’s bigotry is steeped throughout his voting record. Bergman voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act, against the Respect for Marriage Act, and voted to overturn the 2020 election. He deliberately sided against freedom and democracy to fit his extremist agenda.
“We cannot let Rhode Island go backwards. Rhode Islanders have fought too hard for the expansion of our freedoms to fall victim to Republican extremism,” says RIDP Chairman Joseph McNamara. “Rhode Islanders cannot afford a congressman who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with legislators who are trying to pass a national abortion ban, allow gun violence to run rampant, undermine our democracy, and deny the rights of so many across our country. Quite frankly, our lives depend on it.”
Inviting extremists like Jack Bergman into Rhode Island–especially this early in their campaign–shows what to expect from Gerry Leonard and the Republican Party if he is sent to Congress. Republican extremism and bigotry has no place in The Ocean State.
RI Democratic Executive Committee Approves the State Delegate Selection Plan 2024
Formal Review by National Democratic Rules & Bylaws Committee to be done in May 2023
WARWICK, RI – In compliance with the national Democratic Party guidelines for each of the fifty states and to make the 2024 Democratic National Convention as inclusive and representative as possible, the Rhode Island Democratic Party submitted its Rhode Island Delegate Selection Plan.
The plan for the convention, which is slated to be held in 2024, includes specific steps for identifying its thirty (30) delegates and two (2) alternates, and required review and input by the state party’s Affirmative Action Committee.
The mission of the plan is to ensure that each state makes aggressive outreach to its typically under-represented communities: women, minorities, Hispanic, African American, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, disabled, LGBTQ+, and youth. It enables all voters who wish to take part as Democrats vote on who will represent them at the DNC, and when the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees are chosen.
The plan sets timelines in conformance with national Democratic standards about when and how voters can get involved in the “state-government-run presidential preference primary.” This includes how to become a presidential candidate (filing dates for the statement of intent for Election Year 2024).
Within the plan are details about the process and timeline for District-Level Delegates. The full Rhode Island Delegate Selection Plan will become available online for review beginning at 2:00 pm and will be posted for the 30-day public comment period on the Rhode Island Democratic website.
RIDP Statement on Rep. Quattrocchi
WARWICK, RI – The Rhode Island Democratic Party strongly condemns the dangerous and hateful homophobic rhetoric Representative Robert Quattrocchi directed at Democratic State Representative Rebecca Kislak and our state’s LGBTQ+ residents.
The hateful behavior displayed by State Representative Robert Quattrocchi in a public hearing is beneath the dignity of an elected official.
Rhode Island has a proud tradition of tolerance and the RI Democratic Party is proud to stand up for the rights and safety of our LGBTQ+ community.
U.S. Representative David Cicilline Stepping Down from Congress
Cicilline to become President and CEO of Rhode Island Foundation
WARWICK, RI- U.S. Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District announced that he is resigning from Congress to step up as President and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation–the state’s largest philanthropic organization devoted to improving the lives of Rhode Islanders. Cicilline’s resignation is effective May 31st.
Democratic Party Chairman Joe McNamara says, “Our state is lucky to have witnessed the extraordinary leadership of David Cicilline for 28 years. His public service started in 1995 when he was elected to serve as District 4’s State Representative. After four successful terms, Cicilline continued his service to the state as Mayor of Providence. As Providence’s first openly gay mayor, we are thankful for the doors that he has opened. David’s new position at the Rhode Island Foundation is a perfect match for his continued advocacy for Rhode Island’s working families.”
David Cicilline was first elected to represent and serve Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District in 2010, and he quickly got to work. Some of his accomplishments include securing a historic $2.5 billion investment for Rhode Island’s roads, bridges, and infrastructure; extending benefits to millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances in the line of duty; and crafting the first commonsense, bipartisan gun violence prevention law in 30 years. No matter what, David centered the needs of Rhode Islanders around everything he accomplished in Congress.
He devoted himself to creating a sustainable future for not only Rhode Island, but for the whole nation. Cicilline voiced major support for the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022–a bipartisan bill aimed to make valuable investments in the workforce of the future. The bill strengthens American manufacturing, supply chains, and national security by making investments into innovative practices like nanotechnology, clean energy, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence.
Cicilline’s tenure in Congress will be remembered for how he put Rhode Islanders first, fearlessly going toe-to-toe with big corporations to make life more affordable for us all. As Chairman of the Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law (ACAL) Subcommittee, Cicilline produced cutting-edge research and investigations into tech firms’ monopolies within our digital economy and markets. His work in antitrust will continue to protect small businesses, consumer privacy, net neutrality, innovation, and consumer choice.
Cicilline showed an unmatched commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, especially as Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. The House passed his Equality Act and Global Respect Act this Congress, and two Equality Caucus endorsed bills have been signed into law under his tenure as Chair. He has helped pave the way for bigger and better political representation and leadership for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Rhode Island Democratic Party will be forever grateful for David Cicilline’s service and unfettered dedication to our state. Although he will soon be leaving Congress, we are confident that his new role at the Rhode Island Foundation will be yet another vehicle for him to make long-lasting progress. We thank David for his years of service to our state, and we look forward to seeing his future accomplishments.
“Under her leadership, we have seen incredible progress for Americans from all walks of life in critical areas such as healthcare, climate and economy. We are forever grateful and know that yours are big shoes to fill,” added Chairman McNamara.