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Ocean State Action responds to Raimondo’s response

January 19, 2012

So it continues, following this word earlier today from state Treasurer Gina Raimondo. Ocean State Action responds with this:

While we are disappointed that the treasurer does not deem it necessary to return the Urban Innovator award from the right wing think tank the Manhattan Institute and remain concerned about her positions on the anti-environment and anti-minority writings on their website; we are encouraged to hear that she does not share the bigoted and ignorant positions directed at women and the LGTBQI community.

We look forward to hearing from the general treasurer, preferably in her next public appearance, how she will engage in the upcoming fights important to the LGBTQI and women’s communities including repealing the Corvese Amendment, ending gender discrimination in health care and expanding access to birth control for low income women.

We would further advise her that those who aspire to lead are judged by the company they keep, and her close association with this organization could be interpreted by many as implicit acceptance of all their positions, not just those related to public pensions.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin Carlson permalink
    January 19, 2012 11:06 pm

    Who would want to “keep the company” of Ocean State Action? I cannot think of a more despicable organization, founded on the principles of tearing apart society rather than bringing it together. People of good will can and do exist on both sides of these social issues, but OSA (and right-wing entities of the same ilk) vilify anyone who has opposing views. Talk about intolerance! Good grief. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, for or against gay marriage, there should be a seat at the table for everyone. Divisive, not inclusive.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      January 20, 2012 8:13 pm

      So, it doesn’t matter what one’s positions are on the issues in politics Mr. Carlson?? Come now, there was never any chance that Mrs. Raimondo was going to return that silly award in the first place, but supporting positions like affordable health care for all Rhode Islanders, improving the standard of living of all Rhode Islanders, the rights of employees, the design, production & use of products that are reusable, recyclable, biodegradable or disposable without contaminating the environment, creating economic development through environmentally sound business practices, protecting children’s health & safety, preparing students for jobs of the future, reproductive freedom continuing to being private, human & civil rights for all individuals, strong consumer and health & safety standards for products & services, broader access to voter registration, open access to government officials, corporate responsibility, and fair, progressive taxation aren’t very controversial at all in a state like RI. Those happen to be the goals of Ocean State Action BTW.

  2. January 20, 2012 2:12 am

    This is recognition for an outstanding achievement by an outstanding public servant and leader. Onr may hope that Ocean State Action could look beyond its own narrow self interest to see the larger good for our state.

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