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Loughlin says Doherty may not be taking CD1 race seriously enough

April 19, 2012

John Loughlin, who cleared the GOP primary field when he pulled out of the First Congressional District race in January, has some concerns about whether Brendan Doherty is taking his general election campaign seriously enough.

“There are two ways to run a political race — unopposed and scared to death,” Loughlin said during a taping this morning of RIPR’s Political Roundtable (the segment airs Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am). “I don’t see that [Doherty] is running unopposed, so he should be running scared to death.”

Although Doherty doesn’t face a primary, he will square off in November against either Congressman David Cicilline or businessman Anthony Gemma.

“My fear is that [Doherty’s] believing the poll numbers,” Loughlin said, referring to a Channel 12 poll showing Doherty with a 15 percentage point lead over Cicilline. “He needs to start running as though he were 14 points behind, not 14 points ahead.”

Doherty’s first in-depth interview, on Channel 12’s Newsmakers in March, left some political observers with the sense that he was unprepared.

Doherty spokesman Rob Coupe offered this response when asked to comment:

John Loughlin has been down this road before and obviously we respect his point of view.  You can be certain that Brendan Doherty is taking this race very seriously.

There is no candidate that works harder than Brendan to connect with voters on a personal level and the Doherty for Congress campaign is amassing a wide network of strong grassroots support.

 Brendan also understands very well that ultimate success as a candidate depends greatly on his ability to fund a winning campaign.  Brendan’s fundraising success has placed him among the top challengers across the country in this election cycle and he will continue to seek support from average Rhode Islanders who believe that Brendan Doherty’s leadership is exactly what is needed inWashington, DC to restore our economy and restore integrity to government.

Loughlin ran an underfunded CD1 campaign when he lost to Cicilline by six points in 2010.

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