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Lawmaker: the General Assembly’s dividing line is “adults and children”

March 2, 2012

As one of just eight Republicans in the 38-member state Senate, Dawson Hodgson of North Kingstown is part of a very small club. His political profile becomes even more exotic considering his self-description as a centrist who backs abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Hodgson, a former state prosecutor, is also quite frank, as he made clear during a taping yesterday of RIPR’s Political Roundtable.

His most memorable comment came when panelist Maureen Moakley asked whether Democratic support for pension reform and the like will set back efforts to increase Republican representation at the General Assembly.

Hodson responded

It’s been my experience  in my brief time in the building that the dividing line up there is not Republicans and Democrats; it’s adults and children.

It’s people that are willing to make tough decisions and frankly, be willing to lose their office. The only election I really cared about winning was my first one. This one, if I were to go down for something I stood for that would be a badge of honor for me.

I’d like to see good people — I don’t care what party they run on. I hope they run as Republicans to bring a balance and have an identifiable alternative version of leadership, because when you’re in such a monolithic organization — but there’s such a diversity of opinion there — how do you know what each label stands for?

The Republican Party is not the answer. The Democratic Party sure is not the answer. It’s good people running for office. And Republican officeholders, I think, need to go out and support people willing to run on the Republican ticket.

An intra-party split between conservative and moderate factions has hurt the RI GOP for years. Putting Hodgson’s prescription into practice is easier said than done. But local Republicans might find more electoral success if they emulate his mix of fiscal conservatism and moderate stances on social issues.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 8:44 pm

    They might find even more success simply running as Moderates.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      March 3, 2012 8:57 pm

      Have you guys in the Moderate Party ever elected anyone to public office? If not, then why would anyone want to switch their current affiliation to your Party?

      Your Party’s off-base in your educational approach. Merit pay has been studied, and it actually doesn’t work the way many people think that it does. One can’t have “parental review” without parents being involved in their child’s education to begin with. “Standardized test scored of students” have never been designed to evaluate teacher performance, and the actual designers of those tests will even tell you that if you bother to listen to them. Charter schools get to pick & choose which students to educate, and, if there’s a serious problem with one of their picks, they can dismiss that child from their school permanently pretty easily. For profit schooling is not the answer. What the heck is a “non-certified professional”, and why on earth would you ever want someone like that leading a classroom?? Unfortunately, not “all students can learn and succeed”…many in Special Education are just there to be taken care of in lieu of private, more expensive day care.

      I suspect that you guys are going nowhere fast…


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