I recently attended a political fundraiser for state Rep. Jim McLaughlin (D-57, Cumberland, Central Falls) and was surprised to learn that he had not been endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee. As Jim was a lifelong Democrat, and had worked hard for his constituents and the party for the past 12 years, it seemed odd to me. The politics of the race was explained more clearly in last week’s Breeze (Aug. 11-17).

What I will say is that, in my 45-year career in journalism, and 23 as part-owner and publisher of The Breeze, I came to know many in politics and government. Some were up to the job, some were not. Some were self-serving in some way or another. But in Jim McLaughlin, I noted a straightforward and plain-talking man who always kept his word. He is sincere, hard-working, and – in keeping with his U.S. Army past – honorable. We sometimes meet at Chapel’s Honey Dew, and we don’t always agree on policy. But in my view, constituents can be trusting of his work in the General Assembly.

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