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Doherty to side with critics of new toll on Sakonnet River bridge

September 5, 2012

Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty is getting a jump start before next Tuesday’s Democratic primary skirmish between David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma. He’s holding a news conference tomorrow to latch onto a populist issue:

Brendan Doherty, candidate for Congress from Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, will hold a news conference discussing his concerns about the planned $4.00 tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. Brendan will suggest federal remedies for reforms that might provide relief over the new planned tolls. East Bay and Aquidneck Island residents are infuriated over the prospect of having to pay tolls to cross the new bridge. The new bridge will open soon connecting Tiverton with Aquidneck Island and will serve drivers throughout the region.

Who: Brendan Doherty – First District Congressional Candidate

What: News conference

When: Thursday, September 6 at 9:30am

Where: Corner of Riverview Avenue and Central Avenue, overlooking the new bridge from the Tiverton side. Riverview Avenue intersects Main Road near the bridge in Tiverton.

Why: A $4.00 toll (with some local discounts) is another economic roadblock for the region.  Some families fear the toll could cost them $1,500 to $2,500 a year, a real blow to families who must rely on the bridge for business and daily activities.

A recent Channel 12 poll showed Cicilline with the edge headed into Tuesday’s primary.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. M. Adams permalink
    September 5, 2012 6:00 pm

    Let me get this straight–Cicilline holds a roundtable conversation with constituents on the subject of gas prices. And it is a political ploy.

    Doherty wades in to a State issue and you simply re-hash his release? Must be good to be BD.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      September 6, 2012 12:03 am

      This site does way too much “reporting” (regurgitating) press releases IMHO. The Doherty (or any other) campaign doesn’t need members of the press parroting press releases for obvious political stunts.

      Don’t want new & regressive tolls on area roadways? Simple, advocate for raising taxes in a more progressive fashion…otherwise, get the heck out of the way.

  2. September 5, 2012 6:25 pm

    Did you miss the sentence were I wrote that BD is “latch[ing] onto a populist issue” — in other words, taking a popular and politically appealing side of the issue?

  3. M. Adams permalink
    September 5, 2012 7:29 pm

    My apologies, you are correct. Ish.

  4. September 6, 2012 4:44 pm

    Mister Guy, Thanks for the feedback. Press releases can offer some glimpses of campaign strategy, but I appreciate what you’re saying. Please remember my primary job is doing radio reporting. The blog remains a work in progress.


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