RGA to help Robitaille with T.V. ads
The Republican Governors Association is preparing a major television campaign on behalf of Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille, according to Washington, D.C. political sources. The advertising buy could be in the neighborhood of $500,000 which would be a major injection of money into his campaign. Gio Cicione, Republican state chairman, says only that he has heard that the RGA is getting involved in the race, but he had no details. And a Robitaille campaign spokesman didn’t have details either.
But Washington political sources who are in the advertising buying side of political consulting say the RGA is preparing a major last-minute push on behalf of Robitaille. Which must mean they are seeing internal poll numbers that show their candidate with a fighting chance to pull off an upset over independent Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio, the two candidates who have been leading in the public opinion surveys that have been reported in Rhode Island’s media.
In the multi-candidate scrum that is the 2010 RI gubernatorial campaign, a candidate with as little as 35 percent could end up the victor.