When the Chief Executive Is Often Somewhere Else


One can’t help but combine the news Monique highlighted here — that the administration of Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo missed a critical deadline for appealing a costly legal ruling — with today’s “Political Scene” in the Providence Journal:

As a champion fundraiser, economic-development cheerleader and devoted Yale Law School alum, Gov. Gina Raimondo has been out of state on official, or political, business at least 90 days since the Jan. 1, 2017, midpoint of her term as governor.

Her travels during this stretch took her to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Michigan, California, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.

All of these trips were identified in a summary provided to Political Scene by the governor’s office as either “official” (27), “political” (19), or “mixed” (15). The trips categorized as “official” included her Harvard Class Reunion in April, which her staff described as a valuable networking event.

We can discuss the (unknowable) variable of how often prior governors were out of state and debate the importance of Raimondo’s trips to the people of Rhode Island, but the plain reality is that her administration has faced repeated problems executing its responsibilities, and at the same time, she has been traveling far and wide, burnishing her own brand and collecting unprecedented money for her political interests.

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I commented recently on a fundraising email from the Raimondo campaign emphasizing the importance of donating money in order to support the policies of the Raimondo administration, so it’s possible the Raimondo camp believes its fundraising in order to buy the next election to be a long-term benefit to the people of Rhode Island.  Those of us who must live with the consequences of government policies should probably give some thought to whether that interpretation matches their own assessment of a governor’s responsibility.

  • Not Gary Sasse

    I support Gov. Carcieri’s method of economic development instead such as backstopping debt for 38 Studios. Go GOP!

    • ShannonEntropy

      Did you read the ProJo article on May 31st p. A2 titled “PawSox plan would use city, state taxes” ??

      Well guess what… our current ruling Dems’ plan to finance the PawSox stadium will eventually lead to — you guessed it — the State ultimately having to “backstop” those bonds, just like us sucker taxpayers now have to pay off the 38 Studio bonds

      Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose !!

      • Not Gary Sasse

        I think you forgot the part where Pawtucket goes bankrupt, just a small detail. Likelyhood…0%. Pawtucket has the authority to tax, 38 Studios did not.

        • ShannonEntropy

          Central Falls declared bankruptcy in 2011. What makes you think Pawtucket can’t do the same ??