Ornament made during the Carcieri Administration, picturing the 2010 Holiday Tree.
Memo to my fellow Republicans: Be consistent.
If the Carcieri Administration used the term “Holiday Tree” instead of “Christmas Tree,” then where was the outrage? A bad decision is bad, regardless of political affiliation.
This makes me think about politicians who (correctly) oppose raising the federal debt limit, yet rubber-stamped such increases during the Bush Administration. The increases are a bad idea now, and were a bad idea then. The presence or absence of an “R” after one’s name shouldn’t make a difference.
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
Here we go again! For the second year in a row, we have controversy over what to call the tree on display in the Rhode Island State House. Last year, Governor Lincoln Chafee called it a “Holiday Tree,” rather than a Christmas Tree, which led to a great deal of criticism. According to Chafee, he’s merely following recent tradition:
“Well last year I said to the staff what did the previous governor do, whatever the previous governor did let’s do that and that’s what I did last year. Somehow that erupted into controversy and so the same is true this year. The tradition has been in recent years to call it a holiday tree and I am keeping with that tradition.”
I wasn’t aware that former Governor Don Carcieri referred to the tree as a “Holiday Tree.” If that is true, then I disagree with both of them on their decision to drop the word Christmas. We’re at a time of the year when there are many holidays celebrated by people of different backgrounds. The tree isn’t associated with all of these holidays, only one: Christmas. Continue reading
RI Republican chairman Mark Zaccaria
Mark Zaccaria, chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party, will step down from his position in March. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Mark on several occasions, and supported him when he decided to run for chairman. Hopefully, he will continue to stay involved with Rhode Island politics.
I’m hoping the next chairman will employ statewide marketing campaigns to promote the party and place more of an emphasis on recruitment in urban areas. If not, the position will continue to become more difficult.
GoLocalProv’s Dan McGowan wrote about the Rhode Island Republican Party’s poor performance in the 2012 Election. The party has several problems, but two came to mind.
First, we have a branding problem. In 2010, the RIGOP launched the “Clean Slate” campaign. It was a dismal failure. I still can’t figure out why the RIGOP was offering support to candidates who refused to run as Republicans. You can’t build a party if you’re helping those who are ashamed to affiliate themselves with you.
You would think the party would have learned from it’s mistakes, but what do we have in 2012? The “Strike Force”! This marketing gimmick didn’t have the same scope or level of support as the “Clean Slate,” but was just as foolish.
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Tagged 2010 Election, 2012 Election, Catherine Taylor, Clean Slate, GOP, Governor, John Robitaille, Lincoln Chafee, Ralph Mollis, Republican, Rhode Island, Secretary of State, Urban, Voters
It’s been a while since I last posted on RIRepublican.com. The old blog seemed stale and out-dated, so I figured I would start a new one. This time around, the blog will have an even stronger focus on local politics, and hopefully, we can find contributors to post regularly.
It’s been more than four years since the launch of the blog. I’m hoping the newest version will become a place to find out the latest news and discuss issues. It should be fun!