Rhode Island Republicans may not win a lot of issues but one thing has stood out for the Party, i.e. it has always promoted women for higher office. Starting in the ‘80s, multiple women ran for Congress (Claudine Schneider), secretary of state (Susan Farmer, Barbara Leonard) for lieutenant governor (Susan Farmer again), attorney general (moi), general treasurer (Nancy Mayer), etc. In the Legislature, women were in leadership positions beginning in the ‘70s (Lila Sapinsley, first female minority leader in the Senate).

Eventually, Democrats fielded a woman or two, culminating ultimately in the election of Gina Raimondo as governor and Nellie Gorbea as secretary of state.

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chief

I didn't know someone had to live in a state a certain amount of years to run for office must be a new Dem rule. How about Steph he doesn't live in the 2nd district but he is running . Is he a carpet bagger?

Some Guy

Hey, chief, one would think that someone who wants to govern a state should have some experience with either governing or the state, no?

Derrick L

Is he a dark money candidate from out of state with no political experience and already has claims of not paying his bills while simultaneously being pushed by dark money from agenda-driven billionaires like the Kochs?

chief

I have to agree we have some great woman candidates running for governor . ashley kalus would do a great job .

Some Guy

Ashley Kalus, with her long history of having lived in RI for [checks notes] less than a year. We don't need a carpetbagger.

Derrick L

Regardless she has no experience and is a dark money funded plant that even the RI Republican Party was confused by.

Derrick L

Ms. Gorbea is the most qualified for the job, I eagerly look forward to voting for her this fall!

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