The National Story for the Governor


Michael Graham, who can be credited with ramping up questions about Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo’s dealings with IGT and Donald Sweitzer, is out with another column asking whether the air of scandal that now lingers around her will be good for Democrats elsewhere, especially in swing states:

“[The Democratic Governor’s Association’s fundraising windfall is] great, until GOP oppo researchers in Kentucky and Louisiana start putting together DGA donations to Democrats in those states and the ethics scrap back in Rhode Island,” one national Democratic strategist told InsideSources. The strategist requested anonymity in order to speak freely about Democratic campaigns. …

Veteran Democratic strategist Jim Manley doesn’t agree that it’s a problem. “Sure, the GOP will try to make an issue out of it, but in the grand scheme of things, the 2020 election is going to come down to Donald Trump,” he told InsideSources.

And having one of the nation’s most unpopular governors as the public face of the DGA?

“Now that’s a good question,” Manley concedes.

For Rhode Islanders who believe our governor is best predicted, at this point, by her national ambitions, this is a conspicuous trend.  So far, Raimondo’s PR army has managed to get her good press nationally no matter what was going on in Rhode Island.  We’ll see how well that holds as she gets an increasingly real sense of the national stage, where not everybody who has substantial influence is more inclined to be on her side than not.

By the same token, Rhode Islanders who are frustrated with our state’s inability to address its systemic corruption can take a lesson:  Where there are competing groups, there is accountability.

  • Monique Chartier

    Thanks for this post pointing to Michael Graham’s two analyses about Gina Raimondo’s IGT shenanigans and the Democrat Governors Association, Justin.

    Raimondo has a voracious craving for political advancement and the limelight of the national stage. With the IGT deal, she has blatantly crossed both ethical and legal bright lines to try to satiate her appetite.

    Kudos to Michael Graham, by the way, for his fact-based analyses about Raimondo rather than the embarrassing puff pieces that many of his national colleagues too often publish.

    (Oooch, ouch, those comments about her and her machinations by DEMOCRAT strategists …)