Paul Roselli

Paul Roselli, Democratic candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, issued the following statement in the wake of last week’s report from the third meeting of the Rhode Island Democratic Party (RIDP) Platform Committee that highlighted the divisions between conservative and progressive Democrats that exist beneath the RIDP’s “big tent.”

Roselli is calling for an uprising, in what is most likely a reference to the title of this news blog, writing, “…it is time to consider whether [Democrats “in name only”] need to be challenged in the primaries and be removed from office. It is time to gather your friends and neighbors, support the challengers that have already come forward and where there is currently not a contest, consider running yourself or encourage others to run for office.”

You can read Roselli’s full statement here:

“For years establishment Democrats in Rhode Island have defended positions that are not recognized as mainstream Democrat positions by voters here in Rhode Island or elsewhere. Last week’s report of right-wing statements made by so-called Democrats at a meeting in Johnston laid bare the truth about politics here: they are hopelessly clinging to a tired business as usual model.

“If your Democratic representative is holding back on gun control reform, doing nothing to defend Roe v Wade, refusing to act on decriminalizing marijuana, failing to move on single-payer health care or even supporting pro-gun or anti-women’s rights legislation, then it is time to consider whether they need to be challenged in the primaries and be removed from office. It is time to gather your friends and neighbors, support the challengers that have already come forward and where there is currently not a contest, consider running yourself or encourage others to run for office. I have only praise for those that have already come

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