A sincere thank you to the Warwick Beacon for printing a lengthy article about the rankings of all of Warwick’s legislators’ on the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity’s Freedom Index, which looks at
legislators’ votes in terms of their likely effect on the free market, the size and scope of government, the balance of residents’ interests against those of public employees and beneficiaries, and the constitutional structure of a divided government with limited power over the people whom it represents.
(Check out the Freedom Index here. How do your legislators rate on it?)
In my capacity as Communications Manager for the Center, what I had sent to the Beacon was Rep Patricia Morgan’s ranking on the Index, which was and is highest in the RI House of Representatives. The Beacon diligently took it upon itself to look at the ranking of all members of Warwick’s delegation to the RI General Assembly.
That includes Rep Joseph McNamara, who is the lowest ranked legislator in the city’s delegation (and is currently tied with eighteen other reps for third worst ranking in the House). Rep McNamara, you may recall, had some strong words about the toll mailers sent around a couple of weeks ago. It appears that he is also not happy about his ranking on the Freedom Index and communicated this to the Beacon.
While Morgan may have ranked highest, Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-District 19) has the lowest ranking for Warwick legislators. His score is -24, but he feels that the index is, “convoluted and extremely biased.” He accuses the center of being an “organization cloaked in secrecy with dark money.”
Oh dear. One question. Is this “dark money” any more or less dark than the TAX-PAYER FUNDED grants that went to former Rep Ray Gallison’s non-profit organization about which the state Auditor General is getting no answers?