Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's Political Signs Draw Questions

Dist. 49 Incumbent donating $5 for every sign to YWCA breast cancer screening services.


The pink ribbon printed on Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's political signs is a symbol of her support for breast cancer screening via the local YWCA's ENCORE program, the Dist. 49 incumbent says.

The pink ribbon, she said, is meant to identify her as a candidate supporting breast cancer awareness and the need for screening. The signs do not spell that out in detail, however, making the purpose of the pink ribbon unclear to a few observers who have commented on it recently on a blog post in Woonsocket Patch's Local Voices.

The small print across the bottom of the sign reads: "Representative Baldelli-Hunt makes a $5 donation to support breast cancer awareness with every sign posted." The sign doesn't state which charity the donations support.

"Is the representative trying to tell voters that she's endorsed by the Susan G. Komen Foundation for a Cure?" wrote blogger James Thomas, noting the similarity the ribbons have with the logo for that charity.

The donations in fact will go to the YWCA's ENCOREplus program, Baldelli-Hunt said. She said during her last election contest, she put out about 51 signs and donated $255. This year, she said, she has 100 signs, so she'll be donating $500.

ENCOREplus is a systematic approach to women's health promotion, in particular, breast and cervical cancer education, according to YWCA CEO Deborah Perry.

Through ENCOREplus, the YWCA offers community outreach, breast and cervical health education, linkage to clinical screening services and assistance in accessing and navigating diagnostic treatment services when necessary. YWCA also offers support during diagnosis and treatment.

Perry said Baldelli-Hunt did make a donation during the last election to the program. She said it was strictly a donation on Baldelli-Hunt's initiative. 

Baldelli-Hunt said she doesn't particularly like political signs, but doing the donations adds a positive element to them for her. "My feeling was that if I'm going to put some signs up, I'm going to do something positive with it," she said.

Bob Rapoza at the RI Elections Board said the state has no jurisdiction over political signs, except when they are posted on state property. In that case, he said, the signs are simply removed.

A call to the city's Board of Canvassers revealed no ordinances governing the content of political signs. The city's zoning ordinance is the only local law on the books regulating political signs, but only their placement and number; the content is at each candidate's discretion.

Woonsocket Zoning Ordinance 6.1-1.5, Political Signs, states: "Political signs of a temporary nature, not located on utility poles, on public property or within any right-of-way, not exceeding sixteen (16) square feet in area per side of sign, nor six (6) feet in height, limited to two (2) signs per parcel, and set back a minimum of five (5) feet from the pubiic right­-of-way, shall be permitted. Said signs shall not  be instalìed sooner than ninety (90) days prior to an eieetion, and shali be removed Within ten (10) days following said election."

Baldelli-Hunt said the ribbons on her signs identify her as a candidate supporting breast cancer screening and awareness, similar to political signs that state a candidate is environmentally or fiscally oriented. "I think that it is extremely petty that people are being critical of someone that wants to help a cause within our community," Baldelli-Hunt said.

la_mouffette August 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
A phony? She may well be, I don't know her personally. But I know she was there and represented me when it counted. And, I hardly feel that Morin, the president of the Firefighter's Union, is going to better represent me and my family when it comes to working out a reasonable response to Woonsocket's budget woes. I have nothing against firefighters, I admire them. but having the president of one of our local unions take up that position, just as we are poised to begin negotiations, is a major conflict of interest. We need taxpayers and unions to both make very sharp concessions and share the sacrifice equally, and I fear that with Morin, as a rep., will have a deeply personal interest in protecting the unions from their share is this painful burden.
Russell Archambault August 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I'll be glad to do the breast feeling for any purpose, if someone pays me! I refuse to donate anymore free time. I need money to pay my taxes!
la_mouffette August 24, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Let me give an example: Watch the video of Baldelli-Hunt on the house floor, asking that the gigantic supplemental tax be recommitted (essentially, to be blocked at that time) You will see two things. First, multiple RI reps from other communities stand to support her action, saying a tax hike of that size (particularly without ANY other part of the "fix" worked out in stone, and with a Budget Commission very likely to come in either way) was unsupportable during such rough economic times. It would probably cause people to lose their homes and flee the city, thus shrinking the tax base and making our problem worse. You will also see that, in the ENTIRE ROOM of RI representatives, there was only one objection to the move to recommit. The objecter was not from a Woon. Representative, but one from Lincoln. Why would a Lincoln rep be so motivated to push this tax? And, as was pointed out by another rep, he had been told by the ETHICS Commission not to vote at all on the bill, nor to debate it! Why? Because Lincoln Rep Rene Menard was --you guessed it!-- a retired Woonsocket Fire fighter. His pension and benefits were likely to be affected if the massive tax hike/supplemental were not passed. When another rep pointed out Menard's unethical objection, THAT caused House Speaker Fox to angrily bang his gavel, overruling the objection and recommitting the bill at once. The House applauded him for it.
Leo Tiberius Fontaine August 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I'll talk to Chris Celeste when he comes back to work on Monday,i'll see if i can do something to get those taxes down Russ.
la_mouffette August 24, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Don't take my word for it...here's the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNXofbxbNik Now, Speaker Fox later commented that local Reps always have the most weight when it comes to a bill that affects their community. Obviously, it would benefit the local unions to get one of their current members into a Woonsocket seat, and Morin, Baldelli-Hunt's opponent, is PRESIDENT of the union. The question is, were he to be elected, is that an unfair advantage to his union? Is it ethical? Does it represent a dramatic conflict of interest? Could he possibly vote in a fair and disinterested way? Could he vote on these things at all?
la_mouffette August 24, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I have a little notepad on my desk here, and every time "John Ward, jr." makes a new patch screen name, I add it to the list. I'm hoping he can get into the Guinness Book of World Records =) Go, man, Go! You can do it!
English first August 24, 2012 at 06:56 PM
la mouffette... what other names does he go by.
Leo Tiberius Fontaine August 24, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I've been diagnosed as mildly schizophrenic.
John August 24, 2012 at 07:21 PM
La_Moufette, All good points and I agree that a Union person would be a confilct of interest. I guess the sad thing here is we're voting for the lesser of two evils. Let's think about how we (Woonsocket) got into this problem. In 2008 Baldelli voted yes to take 10% away from State Aid to Education from the cities and towns. In a rich community this was a drop in the bucket but in urban communities it was devastating. Now, The funding formula they just passed, which she voted for, will bring Woonsocket back to it's 2008 Education Funding slowly after a 10 year period. So 10 years from now Woonsocket State Aid for Education will be what it was in 2008 in 2022. Make sense?? She also voted to give Rhode Islanders making over $250,000 a year a tax break while raising taxes on the middle class. How is that representing her constituents in Woonsocket??
Leo Tiberius Fontaine August 24, 2012 at 07:33 PM
West Nile mosquitoes are still afraid to cross the border into RI.
John Silva August 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Morin is a firemen right? He should have used a picture of the twin towers in NY on his signs. Capitalized on 3000 innocent people dying on one of the worst days in this great country's history. I'm sure the 9/11 primary must have made him think. Guess he has morals. Good for him. Lisa would have used that event I'm sure.
Russell Archambault August 24, 2012 at 09:20 PM
A species of special developed mosquitos capable of transmitting the deadly West Nile/ more commonly known as the taxation virus to humans has been discovered breeding in woonsocket city hall, for the first time a species of politicians that will sting and completely suck out every dollar from its population. they are secretly infecting neighborhoods beyond recognition completely destroying the heart muscle, slowing the hearts pulse rate in order to creep to the brain and freeze any common reasoning to understand the effects of over taxing. there is no known cure for this deadly disease. the first step is city wide spread spraying a nasal decongestant for human consumption.tricking the brain into a falsehood of understanding. infectious experts like myself suggest that you do leave your home and do not open your windows. while spraying occurs. the best known anti- infection method is to cover ones body in Vaseline not to penetrate the 4 layers of skin.
Steve August 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
My pleasure, facts always out weigh fiction right? It's no secret that the UNIONS have a major push on in this election to get support for their reps. and policies that have the city of Woonsocket on the brink of bankruptsy. Voters, please see through this charade and vote for the folks that will actually have the tax payers of Woonsocket in mind! Just my 2 cents.......
Leo Tiberius Fontaine August 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM
We're currently working on ways to tax the blood before it re-enters Massachusetts airspace.
Leo Tiberius Fontaine August 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I could only guess what her motives are,we're not speaking.
Misty Harbor August 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Conflict of interest? How about when Rep Lisa Baldelli supported her brother's check cashing business, who, by the way, is a retired firefighter with a disability pension. She should of exempted herself from that vote, but she didn't. She acts like she cares about Woonsocket, but, really, more about social park??? Come on people, wake up and smell the pot!!
JPicard August 25, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Why vote for the lesser of two evils when you have three choices? Seems to me that the labor vote will be split among Lisa and Michael, and that leaves Dr. Stu to take all the rest of the votes. Have you read his material?
David T August 25, 2012 at 03:12 AM
This breast cancer screening donation does seem very calculated on her part, brilliant and calculated. And since its a donation, doesn't she get to write some of this off on her taxes? Possibly? And her odd comment that that she doesn't like political signs? To buy some signs to advertise your re-election and to show the world that you donate money to a good cause is icky but clever. "Look at me, I'm so wonderful!" It's one of the oldest political stunts in the book, to do something good when everyone is watching. It's brilliant. And since it concerns doing something good for cancer awareness and prevention, it impossible for anyone to criticize it without sounding like an ass. But really, just donate the money to a good cause Lisa. I don't need to hear about it.
DR August 25, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Did the Ethics Commission have a problem with her supporting the check cashing business? If her brother is a retired firefighter it looks like she supported the taxpayers of Woonsocket not her brother. Social park is owned by the State-talk to the governor.
la_mouffette August 26, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Oh, probably more than ping my radar, I'm sure. I certainly don't run every page, lol. I just started keeping track of a few, for fun =) Lately, John Ward jr. was his favorite for a bit. But Mew, the Pontiff, Tommy Tutone, Tony the Tiger, Leo Tiberius Fontaine... he has a ton of them! He must create a lot of junk email addresses to do this, it's got to be very time consuming. So, we may as well applaud him for the effort =)
la_mouffette August 26, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Taxing the blood before it leaves the state, hahah! Nice!
DR August 26, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Lisa where can I get a lawn sign?
Topo Gigio August 26, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I'll be happy to put one up...for a price.
Jerry August 26, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Duh, why don't you call her yourself?
Still Hope August 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
So, I've collected 17 signs so far. Where do I turn them in to receive my $?
Topo Gigio August 26, 2012 at 04:56 PM
You should've had her pre-pay Hope,i think you got stiffed.
Steve August 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Hang on to them in case Casey and Morin get into office. Your donation to the Breast Cancer Awarness group of $105.00 will make a small down payment on your taxes once the Unions get done with you and all the tax payers of Woonsocket! Go Casey and Morin, a change to higher taxes.........!
Brian O'Ryan August 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
That's funny Steve! So, if Casey and Morin don't get voted in and your taxes increase anyway will you be in shock? Cause it WILL happen even without them in office. Another fool. So sad. You people are as blind as can be. Just keep on being sheeple and following the herd.
JPicard August 27, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Casey and Morin won't get voted in. The Labor vote just isn't there in Woonsocket. Brien will keep 50, and 49 will go between Gitlow and Baldelli-Hunt. But even with all that, you're right about the tax situation. Woonsocket, and Rhode Island itself, is in a financial spiral. It would take some massive thinking outside the box to make this right without raising taxes so much that all the people who could pay the taxes leave town for good.
Memere August 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Why will people not understand that if we keep electing the same people to office NOTHING will change? We need new blood, people with different ideas than the ones who have gotten us into this mess or who have done nothing to help us out of it.


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