Doherty responds to Cicilline’s apology
UPDATE: Cicilline responds to Doherty’s response:
Cicilline’s campaign spokeswoman, Nicole Kayner, offers this rebuttal to Doherty’s criticism:
David Cicilline has accepted responsibility for decisions he made, including the decision to avoid a tax increase during a recession. He explained that he had been hopeful that the Carcieri administration would accept its responsibility to the cities and towns of the district rather than cut 40 million from the Providence budget. Mr. Doherty was Governor Carcieri’s protégé. His desire to defend the Republican administration is understandable if wrongheaded. These drastic cuts really hurt cities and towns all across Rhode Island. While Doherty is busy attacking David, he is silent on the leaders of his party, who are obstructing the passage of a bipartisan transportation bill that passed the Senate with 74 votes which would bring 9,000 jobs to Rhode Island.
Republican challenger Brendan Doherty is out with a statement responding to Congressman David Cicilline’s apology. Here’s the entire statement:
Cumberland – Brendan Doherty, Republican candidate for US Congress from Rhode Island’s First Congressional District today responded to David Cicilline’s long overdue admission that he deceived Providence residents and the voters of Rhode Island’s First Congressional District.
Cicilline apologized Tuesday for saying during his 2010 campaign that Providence was in “excellent financial condition” a statement that was proven patently false weeks later when his successor, Mayor Angel Tavares declared that Providence finances were facing a “Category Five hurricane.” Despite convincing evidence that he had deceived the voters of the First District, Cicilline clung to his denials for nearly eighteen months and despite apologizing for his false statement, he refuses even to acknowledge his active concealment of the City’s fiscal crisis during his time as Mayor.
According to the Internal Auditor’s April, 2011 report, the Cicilline Administration overstated projected revenues by millions of dollars and relied on reserve funds and borrowing to create the false appearance of balanced budgets. It was also reported that the Administration withheld accurate financial information from the City Council, the City’s internal auditor, an independent auditor and the State of Rhode Island Division of Municipal Finance, even forcing the internal auditor to make an “Open Access to Records Act” request to obtain financial reports. This report also determined that Cicilline’s Administration failed to inform the City Council of projected budget deficits in 2009 and in 2010, as required by the City Charter. Finally, the Auditor’s report states that the Cicilline Administration drained $17.5 million from the City’s Rainy-Day Fund in 2009 and 2010 without approval of the City Council as required by the City Charter.
“David Cicilline’s responsibility for the fiscal crisis in Providence and his active concealment of the crisis reach far beyond a single statement,” commented Doherty. “Rating agencies are downgrading the City’s bond rating and the residents of Providence are facing a credible threat of bankruptcy. Despite his continued assertions that the fiscal crisis in Providence was beyond his control, David Cicilline’s deception and mismanagement contributed to this crisis and the consequences are real for municipal employees, especially every teacher in the City who received a termination notice last year and for the resident who face tremendous new tax burdens.”
David Cicilline’s statement that it was never his “intention to mislead people intentionally” is completely discredited by the results of the Internal Auditor’s report, which shows a complete and consistent pattern by the Cicilline Administration of actively concealing the true nature of Providence’s fiscal crisis.
“If David Cicilline is truly sorry and willing to accept full responsibility for anything he did to contribute to the challenges facing Providence as he stated yesterday, he should admit to and acknowledge his full responsibility for fiscal mismanagement of the City and for his deceptive actions that were used to hide the truth from the residents of Providence. He must stand up and take full responsibility, rather than attempting to hide behind a half-hearted, campaign inspired apology,” continued Doherty.
The pattern of political opportunism in David Cicilline’s statements and actions is evident in the context of his own apology. In attempting to defend his decision to mislead the public, Cicilline admitted that he sought to avoid tax increases “for as long as possible.”
“David Cicilline let the cat out of the bag with his statement about avoiding tax increases during an election year,” stated Doherty. “This statement exposes the Cicilline approach to fiscal management – which is just get elected. His strategy in 2010 was consistent with his eight years as Mayor, when property taxes went up every year except 2006, which was an election year, of course,” Doherty continued.
“The pattern of fiscal mismanagement and misleading voters continues from David Cicilline’s position in Congress. As unemployment and gas prices continue to go up, the Cicilline strategy again is to deceive voters with false accusations and scare tactics aimed at senior citizens,” concluded Doherty.