Jonathan Boucher : R.I. would lose clout by sending Republicans to D.C.
Friday, January 31, 2014

Ian Prior’s Jan. 14 Commentary (“R.I.’s weakening influence in Washington”) about the Rhode Island congressional delegation’s losing its influence in Washington is not only misleading, but also completely inaccurate. It is also a serious omission that The Journal, while identifying Mr. Prior as the Northeast regional press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee, failed to mention that he was also the campaign manager for Brendan Doherty who ran unsuccessfully against David Cicilline in 2012. With that in mind, it is easier for readers to understand Mr. Prior’s motivations for writing such a column.

The notion that all of our problems would be solved by replacing our delegation with a bunch of Republican freshmen is completely absurd. The current Congress, which is controlled by Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House, only sent 57 bills to President Obama’s desk in 2013, making it the least productive  Congress in history — barely beating out the last Congress, which had the same division.


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