Republicans put Cicilline on list of ’10 Most Corrupt Democrats’September 13th, 2012 at 12:01 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
House Republicans’ campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), unveiled a new Web ad on Thursday that declares Congressman David Cicilline one of “the 10 most corrupt Democrats of 2012″ for allegedly orchestrating “a massive cover-up” of Providence’s financial crisis.
The ad shows Cicilline’s successor as mayor of Providence, Angel Taveras, announcing at a famous press conference he’d discovered “a category five” hurricane in Providence’s books – set against the backdrop of an actual hurricane. “David Cicilline’s irresponsibility and dishonesty left Rhode Island families to clean up the disastrous financial mess he created as the mayor of Providence,” Paul Lindsay, the NRCC’s communications director, said in a statement. “David Cicilline can no longer be trusted.”
The NRCC ad echoes comments made by Republican Brendan Doherty on Wednesday, the day after Cicilline won a decisive primary victory over Anthony Gemma. Cicilline campaign manager Eric Hyers has characterized the GOP charges as “tired, vicious and personal attacks.”
“Doherty is a Romney Republican who is on the wrong side of virtually every issue important to Rhode Islanders,” he said in a statement earlier this week. “He wants to continue giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, is pro-life while David is pro-choice, and wants to raise the Social Security eligibility age for working men and women in our state.”
Update: The Cicilline campaign has begun airing its own TV ad attacking Doherty for supporting Republican policies. Watch the 30-second spot here.