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Cicilline already pleading for 2012 campaign money

March 31, 2011

Congressman David Cicilline isn’t saying much these days about the Providence financial mess, but he is aggressively raising money for his reelection. In a e-mail to supporters sent this afternoon, Cicilline writes: “I want to take a second in between votes and constituent meetings to remind you that today is the last day of the fundraising quarter and a major deadline for me. If you already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, but plan to, please do so before midnight tonight.’’

“Every day I wake up and fight for Rhode Island’s interests in Washington. I need to stay focused on the work ahead and not on the election ahead. Your contribution will keep would-be opponents at bay and allow me to hold true to the one promise I made to you – to deliver real results for Rhode Island.’’

Such messages are less a reflection on Cicilline or any other individual member of Congress than on a system that requires full-time attention to fundraising by just about every member. With his poll numbers in the tank, Cicilline knows that he will need a fat campaign chest to keep his seat in 2012.

Some may lament the attention paid to fund-raising for someone who has been in the U.S. House for less than three months. But the reality is he isn’t any different from other freshmen  reps in the same position.





2 Comments leave one →
  1. joe vileno permalink
    March 31, 2011 10:21 pm

    yeah, I know, I’ve been getting his e-mail for weeks now.

    he will need a load of dough !

    I like the “Irish John Pastore” line about Jack Reed !

  2. Concerned Taxpayer permalink
    April 1, 2011 1:00 pm

    This being Cicilline, I would love to see his schedule for yesterday, when that email went out. Did he really have votes and constituent meetings chockablock? (“I want to take a second in between votes and constituent meetings . . .”)

    Or was he fibbing again?

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