O’Neill Independent No Longer … ?


Here’s a notable primary day observation.  According to the Secretary of State’s online search, independent state Senator Edward O’Neill hasn’t been independent for a couple of months and, like Rep. Karen MacBeth, has joined the ranks of Rhode Island Republicans.

To some extent, that’s not all that surprising, considering that he’s on the District 1 Republican primary ballot, today, as a delegate for Donald Trump.  On the other hand, his legislative Web page still lists him as an Independent.

Time will tell whether his move to the Republican Party is purely a Trump-related move or if he shares enough of MacBeth’s dissatisfaction with the dominant Democrats in the General Assembly to make the less dramatic leap from Republican-leaning independent.  Sen. O’Neill did not respond to an email request for comment.