Indivisible Rhode Island hosted its second “Better Know a Rhode Island Candidate” event at Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich. Five candidates for office were given time to address the audience and take some questions.
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I’ve never seen Paul Roselli more at ease in front of a crowd, but then again, in addition to the countless hours he’s spent campaigning across the state, he knew something about what was going to happen the next day that no one else did: He was dropping out of the race for Governor of Rhode Island, and beginning the race for Senate District 23. That seat became open when Paul Fogarty announced he was not seeking re-election to a seat he’s held for two decades.
Roselli talked about what brought him into politics after a lifetime of advocacy and documentary film making. Roselli was in Chicago at the same time as Governor Gina Raimondo, but for entirely different reasons. Raimondo was there to collect a check from Michael Polsky, the owner of Invenergy, the company that has been working to build a $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in the northwest corner of the state, a power plant Roselli had been spending the last two and a half years fighting against. Roselli was there for a Bernie Sanders event.
Roselli ended his presentation with the following:
“If you don’t like something that somebody says that’s in state government, vote ’em out. Get rid of ’em,” said Roselli. “And if you don’t like it enough, run yourself. Because that’s the only way change is going to happen.”
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