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Cicilline surrogates hitting Gemma, Doherty on abortion rights

July 24, 2012

As Congressman David Cicilline tries to battle back from miserable poll ratings and more fallout from his time at City Hall, his campaign is using a series of surrogates to rap primary challenger Anthony Gemma and Republican candidate Brendan Doherty as out of touch on abortion rights.

The latest example is an email sent this afternoon by state Representative Edith Ajello of Providence”s East Side, pointing to endorsements for Cicilline by Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts.

As predicted months back, the tactic is one of tying Cicilline’s opponents (the unmentioned Doherty) to DC Republicans.

After two years, we’ve seen exactly what Republican control of Congress looks like. And it doesn’t look good for women’s health or reproductive freedom. In 2011, House Republicans voted on more anti-choice legislation than they had in over a decade. Now in 2012, they are continuing their efforts to undermine access to birth control, reproductive health care and a woman’s right to choose.

Ajello goes on to call Gemm a “self-funding primary opponent” who “is desperately trying to rewrite history and claim that he supports reproductive freedoms. But he ran as an anti-choice candidate in 2010 and as recently as a month ago was referring to himself as pro-life.”

I’ve asked Gemma spokesman Alex Morash for comment and will post it if he gets back.  

Doherty has responded with his own effort to cultivate more women voters.

Doherty’s campaign manager, Ian Prior, says the Republican opposes federally funded abortions, “but not restricting access to contraceptives.”

Prior says the abortion debate is “an issue where you’re not going to convince one side to switch over to the other side. Brendan certainly understands that it’s not a black and white issue, and he’s said many times, he’s a social conservartive, but he’s not a social crusader.

“He’s going to Congress with the goal of hopefully creating an economic landscape that will improve the economy in America and in Rhode Island.”

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate Monteiro permalink
    July 24, 2012 9:04 pm

    Well praise the lord that Doherty doesn’t want to limit a woman’s right to access contraceptives. So utterly forward thinking of him… for 1912 that is. Have we really come to this? That a candidate in Rhode Island thinks not banning contraception is an effort to cultivate women voters?

  2. Patrick permalink
    July 24, 2012 9:16 pm

    “After two years, we’ve seen exactly what Republican control of Congress looks like”

    Wait, we have? Congress is the House and the Senate, right? Republicans control the Senate too now?

    • Mister Guy permalink
      July 24, 2012 10:44 pm

      “Republicans control the Senate too now?”

      No, they just filibuster just about everything that comes up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Give the GOP even more control over the U.S. Senate, and they’ll just use it to push pretty much the exact, same, radical agenda that they’ve been pushing in the U.S. House for the better part of the last two years.

  3. Mister Guy permalink
    July 24, 2012 10:42 pm

    “Doherty’s campaign manager, Ian Prior, says the Republican opposes federally funded abortions, ‘but not restricting access to contraceptives.’”

    There aren’t that many medical procedures in the USA that have Constitutional protection. Why religious people think that it’s OK to restrict federal dollars for a Constitutionally-protected medical procedure is beyond me.

    “he’s said many times, he’s a social conservartive, but he’s not a social crusader”

    …which simply means that he’ll be voting “Yes” on all that future anti-choice legislation that the GOP will want to push in the future.

  4. rhonda permalink
    July 24, 2012 10:54 pm

    God forbid someone actually stands as a Pro-Life candidate. So this blog attempts to paint the individual who stands for letting the baby live as the bad guy? What has happened to our society? Today one can take a pill (that is inexpensive) to avoid getting pregnant. Also having a child out of wedlock is no longer frowned down by our society. There are many alternatives.

    As a modern society with these alternatives we are still going to kill someone before that person develops into a human being. Perhaps we are killing the next Steve Jobs or Barack Obama?

    What is sad is that instead of going after the individual who wants to kill the unborn child, we go after the person who wants to defend it and that is backward thinking? How do these people look themselves in the mirror?

    At least Doherty had the nerve to stand up for what he believes in –LIFE.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      July 25, 2012 7:20 pm

      “So this blog attempts to paint the individual who stands for letting the baby live as the bad guy? What has happened to our society?”

      Even in Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged the scientific fact of the point of viability, which is the point when a fetus can potentially be able to live outside the mother’s womb. Yes, what indeed “has happened to our society” when those with narrow & unscientific beliefs can try & force their own way of thinking onto others??

      “Today one can take a pill (that is inexpensive) to avoid getting pregnant.”

      Not if the Catholic Church & their allies have their way.

      “At least Doherty had the nerve to stand up for what he believes in –LIFE”

      …and the rest of us stand up for the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, and a woman’s fundamental RIGHT to choose how her own body will be used, period.

  5. July 24, 2012 11:27 pm

    Rhonda, the blog isn’t taking a position on the arguments for and against abortion; it’s reporting on the tactics and arguments being used by a candidate in a campaign.

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