Barry Hinckley on his ‘part-Democrat, part-Republican’ platformAugust 6th, 2012 at 1:48 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Barry Hinckley and his aides are adamant that Sheldon Whitehouse’s February poll lead is built on sand, making the first-term Democrat more vulnerable to defeat than he looks. They also downplay the incumbent’s huge financial advantage: as of June 30, Whitehouse had $3.5 million and Hinckley had about $500,000.
“I have to work a little harder – we have to work a little harder,” Hinckley told WPRI.com in a recent interview. “I believe in myself, I believe in my team, and I believe in my ability and my team’s ability to deliver the hard work between now and November 6th to get our message in front of as many as people necessary.”
Hinckley also offered candid comments about the challenges he faces as a Republican in Rhode Island. Here’s how he analyzed the local fundraising landscape:
I’ve got Romney and Scott Brown sucking up a lot of conservative dollars in the region – they really are. I mean, Romney’s based here, Scott Brown’s based here – the rest of us, the congressional and other Senate candidates, are a deep third to those two, and they do affect our ability to raise money because so many people have already written checks to those campaigns.
But what I’ve noticed is, if you work really hard in Rhode Island you can raise about $150,000 a quarter as the challenger. I was able to raise a little more money in February because of the successful video with my son that went viral, and because we actually were able to find pockets of Rhode Island snowbirds down in Florida this winter that had discretionary income that were willing to invest in their own former home state. Of course, that was a winter phenomenon. Brendan Doherty does the same thing. The money he makes over $150,000 is Washington support he’s getting.
And here’s Hinckley describing what makes him different:
Let’s face it: my message is part-Democrat and part-Republican. I’m socially, essentially, a Democrat – I’m pro-choice and pro-gay-rights. But fiscally, I believe that we live in a world where you have to balance the books and you’ve got to live within your means. [My children] didn’t spend the money – why should they have to pay it back? And I don’t see the Democrats with that message today. Their message is spend spend spend spend spend, and $1.6 trillion of extra spending a year has to be paid back. And as a father, I can’t stand for it anymore.
Hinckley sounds like a Dawson Hodgson Republican. Considering the elasticity of Rhode Island’s electorate, the two young political newcomers may be signaling what the future holds for the state’s eternally outnumbered opposition party.