Rep. Jon Brien Announces Write-In Campaign For Dist. 50

Supporters, representatives from about 30 small businesses, show for press conference at Pepin Lumber.


Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50) is not taking his 50-vote loss to primary challenger Stephen Casey lying down — he's firing up a write-in campaign for the seat Nov. 6.

"I am announcing my write-in campaign for state representative so that voters who may have lost their chance to be heard in the primary and voters who want to be heard in November will have that chance," said Brien to a crowd of about 50 people gathered outside Pepin Lumber  on Cumberland Hill Road Thursday morning. 

David T September 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Which is it Jon, the chance to vote was lost or did the Providence Union bosses target you? Maybe the Union bosses drove up here and put up detours all over the city so your voters got lost. Oh wait, the one who lost was you, Jon. Even with the $11,000 50CAN gave to your campaign, you lost. Boy, oh boy, with that much money you could have had a person on every street corner in your roughly 2.3 square mile district, directing people to the right polling places. But, you are fortunate to have another shot at winning and it's your right. This will be interesting to say the least.
David T September 21, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Ask any of our delegates why they haven't attended city council, school committee or budget commission meetings and they will all say the same thing. "I wasn't invited" and/or "It's not my job to run the city". What about attending a couple here and there, especially while the GA is out of session, if for no other reason but to show us you care to stay informed. You don't need to be invited like you are important royalty. But if you need an invitation, here it is... Jon Brien, you are hereby officially invited to all our open meetings throughout the land.
DR September 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I would urge people in the city and surrounding towns to support our small businesses, they are taxpayers like the rest of us and they need a break also.
common cents September 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM
DR you sound as arrogant as jon is.Thats a good way to sway casey voters by calling them stupid.Jon could use a good PR guy like you DR.
Common Sense September 21, 2012 at 01:48 AM
DR, are you forgetting that Brien himself is getting taxpayer funded health insurance and a State Pension for part time work as a legislator? He has a HUGE stake in this race and it's not your taxes that mean the most to him.
Ed Roy September 21, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Briens announcement of a write-in campaign is no surprise. He can't stand the fact that he lost. Does anyone remember him saying "I Run, I Win" during one of his radio appearances on WNRI, I do. That was during one of his past runs for political office. This is the guy who last year got on the radio and announced that he was considering a run for US Congress in the 1st District. Here is the problem as I see it. He has an excessive feeling of self-importance, he has a preoccupation with fantasies of success, power, intelligence, or ideal love, he exaggerates his achievements and talents, he has an unreasonable expectation of favorable treatment and is in need of constant attention and admiration. These are the symptoms of a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, this is why Jon Brien is doing a write-in ballot for District 50. He can get up in front of a group of people and claim that he is doing it for them but the bottom line is that it is all about him. Common Sense, John Silva and Alex are all right on. Don't be fooled by the smoke and mirrors used by Jon Brien. Brien puts all the blame on everything but himself, but the people who keep track of what is going don't buy any of it. And lets remember, Brien could still be on the ballot in November if he would have declared as the Republican he truly is. There is nothing wrong with being a Republican, just admit it.
DR September 21, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Thanks nonsense one has to be arrogant to get the job done.
Dave F September 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Ed you just described every politician out there
Wu Sao September 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM
I find this a little confusing. Is Jon saying the system doesn't work because his supporters didn't get out and vote on Sept 11 or because registered Republicans didn't vote on Sept 11? And wasn't Jon's job during his campaign to drum up support for himself and get supporters to vote for him? Which is it? Did the system fail you, Jon or did you just fail yourself?
Wu Sao September 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM
And shame on anyone who didn't get out and vote and is now crying foul.
Brian O'Ryan September 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
He blames his loss by 52 votes on "administrative error"??? John, you have to be kidding us RIGHT??? Do you think VOTER ID worked against you too?!? LOL!!! Oh, and is this 1950? How many times are you going to say "union bosses"?!? Face it, John. You lost...your pride and ego can't stand it, and I pray you lose again! You ask, "how can we make this right?". Well, our voices were heard. Your public got it right and will do it again in November.
Brian O'Ryan September 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Oh, and doesn't a portion of ALEC's funding come from “Membership Dues” of $50 per year paid by state legislators, a steeply discounted price that may run afoul of state gift bans? Sounds like YOU have a union boss as well, John.
Brian O'Ryan September 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM
From ALECEXPOSED.ORG..."ALEC’s operating model raises many ethical and legal concerns. Each state has a different set of ethics laws or rules. The presence of lobbyists alone may cause ethics problems for some state legislators. Wisconsin, for instance, generally requires legislators who go to events with registered lobbyists to pay on their own dime, yet in many states, legislators use public funds to attend ALEC meetings. According to one study, $3 million in public funds was spent to attend ALEC meetings in one year. Some legislators use their personal funds and are reimbursed by ALEC. Such “scholarships” may be disclosed if gifts are required to be reported. But should the legislators be allowed to accept this money when lobbyists are present at the meeting? Still other legislators use their campaign funds to go and are again reimbursed by ALEC; in some states, campaign funds are only allowed to be used to attend campaign events. In short, many state ethics codes might consider the free vacation, steeply discounted membership fees, free day care or travel scholarships to be “gifts” that should be disallowed or disclosed." We think your "gifts" are coming to an end, John. Like your free healthcare.
David Bouchard September 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
So many posters have already expressed my sentiments regarding JB - arrogant, self-serving, entitled, sore loser, and so much more. And Ed Roy's last comment is true; "There's nothing wrong with being a Republican, just admit it." However, there is something wrong with someone who is a Republican through and through representing them self, and running, as a Democrat - it's dishonest. And I feel that that is who Jon Brien is. I feel that way about Cote and others as well. Why would I vote for a Dem representative who turns around and throws his/her support to Republican candidates for Congress – that’s not representation I sought and it seems incredibly dishonest.
Brian O'Ryan September 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This sums it up...http://news.providencejournal.com/letters-to-the-editor/2012/09/dave-fisher-why-brien-deserved-to-lose.html
David Fisher September 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Brian, Thanks for the share. I submitted this to Patch as well, but they've yet to publish it.
DR September 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I can't believe some of these post comments such as sore loser,sour grapes,arrogant,ALEC,clown,democrat-republican- who cares you guys must be panicking-I love it. A few post above John said "a word of advice for Mr. Casey . . . put your signs back up.Why did you take them down??" Right you are John.Buy the way where is Mr. Thomas I haven't heard form him yet? Remember Jon didn't lose- the election is in November.
Brian O'Ryan September 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Actually, you are wrong. John lost. Then, conveniently decided to run a write-in campaign because he thought voters weren't intelligent enough. As to the comments...if his shoe fits...he wears it. And as for panicking...please. Ever research how successful write-in campaigns are? He has a sour grape's chance in hell.
DR September 21, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Brian I am glad you brought this up the election is in November so Jon did not lose.If voters do not connect the arrow for CASEY(very easy) and write (print) JON BRIEN and connect the arrow where indicated (also very easy) Jon will get the vote.Brian you seem to think the voters are not capable of doing this I say you are wrong. Voters please prove Brian wrong.
Brian O'Ryan September 21, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Actually, DR, it was John that said that the voters are not capable. Those were basically his words. He thinks voters are incompetent and had to tell them step by step in his video how to place a vote. And, once again, John DID lose. There would be no need for Casey to run again in Nov. because HE WON! He will fail again because people are through with his smug, arrogant, entitled attitude. DR, you keep livin' in your dream world and I'll live in reality where John Brien no longer represents me. Thank you.
John Silva September 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Can Jon, Al and Stella just please go away. We have had more than our share of this family.
DR September 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I didn't see Jon's video but I would encourage him to give step by step instructions plus a sample ballot. As a taxpayer I do not want any confusion- when you see Casey on the ballot do NOT fill in the arrow by mistake. Brian you don't have to thank me if you are in district 50 just vote for Jon in November -do yourself a favor.
Brian O'Ryan September 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM
The D must stand for Delusional and the R, well...I'm going to assume you know where I'm going with that. Do myself a favor and vote for John??? Yeah, I think I know what the R stands for! LOL!!! In John's case, R stands for Republican!
Ed Roy September 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I have watched the video of Briens announcement for a write-in campaign again. I couldn't help but laugh each time he said that he stands on his record of watching out for the taxpayers dollars, that the taxpayers can't continue to pay for public employees health care benefits and pensions. He says this while receiving full health care for his family, paid for by the taxpayers of RI. Full health care for a part time job. He must also forget that his part time jobs as Rep., prosecutor for Woonsocket, and prosecutor for Central Falls are also paid for by the taxpayers. As he takes credit for Pension Reform, he must have forgotten that the reform did not take COLA's away from Judges and the State Police. But then again, he chairs the Judiciary Committee, probably aspires to be a Judge, and doesn't want to loose any support from Judges. Oh, don't forget that he is a supporter of Doherty for Congress (R), retired SP, $92K pension with COLA, but he is looking out for the taxpayers. Pay attention people. Jon is for Jon, not the taxpayer.
Russell Archambault September 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM
there's going to be a bigger winner here than what many people may be thinking. Its going to be the citizens this time.What does it matter if this all starts again. With all the hoopla about the voting and more people viewing this election than perhaps before, whether casey or brien wins the election, it should put the winner on notice that he better do good for woonsocket. this is going to put to rest for both sides. brien is on notice, casey better not mess up. We may be the biggest winner this way.
Wu Sao September 22, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I think Jon Brien is doomed no matter what happens come November. If a write in campaign is successful it will be due Republicans getting out and writing his name down. Therefore exposing what everyone suspects, he is a Republican who uses the Democrat affiliation to get elected in a vastly Democratic state. Hence alienating him from his own party affiliation. If he loses, then he lost to the same man twice in about two months and walks away with egg on his face possibly ending his political career or in the least damaging it severely. I think he'd be better off taking a two year break and then consider running for office as a Republican. He would at least gain some respect from his detractors.
DR September 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Complain all you want,but don't forget its not over until its over. Have a good weekend folks.
common cents September 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Mr.Brien should have tipped his hat and congratulated Mr. Casey and taken the high road instead of blaming everything but himself.To me that says something about his character.If it was more about the people than his own ego I don't see it. If Mr.Casey keeps taking the high road and gets it across that he is sincere,I think he stand a good shot at beating him again.
David T September 22, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I don't know Mr. Brien and don't personally know any of his supporters and don't live in his district. If I lived in his district I think I would have taken notice of the fact that he lost in his own district but chose to have his press conference in another district. And all his statements and actions since his preliminary loss is strictly strategy. He has powerful millionaire supporters from not only Providence but from Washington and beyond. He has an agenda with the backing of conservatives far from Woonsocket. This loss, in his mind is an annoying inconvenience which resulted in those backers questioning his ability to hold on to power. He uses phrases like, "Providence Union Bosses" because it hits a nerve. But what is he talking about? Unions bosses? If you work for a union you can opt into a making small contributions, we are talking dollars per person. Perfectly legal. Then the union can use those contributions to support candidates in any race they chose. Its the same as me or you writing a check to Jon Brien. The major difference is Jon's big supporters are rich guys who don't all live here. The typical supporter of guys like Steve Casey are lunch ladies making $25,000 a year her whole life who opt into contributing a few bucks a week along with firefighters, cops, etc. Mr. Brien knows that saying, "Union Bosses" sounds more nefarious, like they are some evil doers working in the shadows of some smokey back room, not true. Pure strategy.
Marc Beauregard September 22, 2012 at 08:14 PM
So what did these big bad union bosses do anyway? Did they twist arms of people to vote for casey? Did they threaten people to stay home and not to vote? I don't get what he is accusing them of? Jon is supported by ALEC right? Isn't that the same type of support? Bottom line is no matter who is supporting you that you still have to walk the district and convince the voters you are the right choice. John face it you didn't do that. Get over it and move on.


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