Doherty says he supports right to work; calls himself “conservative”
During a recent campaign appearance, Republican Brendan Doherty called himself a supporter of right to work. Right to work is strongly opposed by most Democrats, and Doherty’s support of it marks a sharp contrast from his Democratic rival, Congressman David Cicilline.
Video of the appearance offers the most recent insight into Doherty’s issue stances as his campaign becomes increasingly active.
According to the above video, Doherty (starting after about 5:17) said:
I believe in a right to work state . . . We’re in tough times in this country and we need to make changes. Yes, I would support right to work.
On labor unions, Doherty (at about 5:55) called those mostly a state issue. He added:
We need to find common ground, but we have some unions that are just out of control.
In the video, Doherty said he told GOP congressmen during an earlier meeting, “I’m a conservative, but that I need to be able to work with people when I get to Washington, and they basically told me, ‘you do what you need to do.’ “
Doherty repeated his support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
He was asked about the Blunt Amendment and offered this response (at about 10:15):
I believe in the carve-out for the Catholic Church, Catholic organizations, churches, schools. That’s a no-brainer. The Blunt bill is difficult, because I don’t believe that — first of all, it goes back to ‘Obamacare.’ I think we should repeal ‘Obamacare,’
But with the Blunt Amendment, I don’t believe that government should be able to dictate what an individual company provides for healthcare. That being said, ‘Obamacare’ exists. I wouldn’t have been able to support the Blunt Amendment, because there are women who use contraception for other reasons. So but getting back to ‘Obamacare,’ I think we should repeal it and this wouldn’t even be an issue.