Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Local representatives give their thoughts on voters' wishes, thank people for voting.
Shortly after polls closed Tuesday night, Stephen Casey vowed to bring Woonsocket together to address its challenges as the new Democratic representative for Dist. 50. "I'm very happy with the results that we have," Casey said at Ciros Tavern Tuesday night about an hour after voting was done, "I can't thank my wife enough." Casey thanked new and old friends who helped him during his campaign, and, "The people who came out for Jon Brien as well," he said. Casey had just arrived at the tavern after staying at Bernon Heights till the polls closed, outside in cold weather. He said his supporters were likely still a little hypothermic. He commended everyone's exhibition of citizenship. "I congratulate everybody who did it on both sides of the…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Canvassers: Asking write-in voters to print Brien's first name won't work.
Jon Brien's write-in campaign for Dist. 50 asks voters to print his first name on the ballot Nov. 6, but the Board of Canvassers has stated voters will need to write in his full name for it to count. "You've got to have the last name," for your candidate when you're casting a write-in ballot, said Henri Cyr, Board of Canvassers election clerk. Brien's billboard sign, mounted on a trailer, was parked next to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church on Park Ave. Thursday afternoon. The sign shows how voters who want to cast their ballot for Jon Brien can do so, but instead of instructing them to use his full name, the sign tells voters to write in "Jon". "I don't know why he's doing it," Cyr said. He said Brien has been told voters will need to …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Federal law would prohibit Stephen Casey from running as a partisan candidate if federal funding directly affected his firefighter's job.
This morning at 11:30 a.m. at the Pastore Federal Building in Providence, outgoing Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50), loser of the Sept. 11 primary, will talk about his claim that the victor, firefighter Stephen Casey, has violated the Federal Hatch Act. The Hatch Act limits political activities of federal employees on and off duty. According to Ann Hanlon, spokesperson for the US Office of Special Counsel, which investigates complaints about violations of the law, Casey's campaign, which won against Brien by a 52-vote majority, might have violated the Hatch Act if his job as a firefighter directly benefited from federal funding. Hanlon said if his job was ruled to benefit directly from federal dollars, Casey would be prohibited from running as…
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Dist. 50 incumbent's campaign faces daunting political history.
Incumbent Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50) and his supporters launched a write-in campaign Thursday against Democratic primary victor Stephen Casey, defying the inauspicious history of such efforts with a mix of optimism and chagrin. The last successful write-in campaign in RI was in 1990, according to Ian Donnis's blog, On Politics. Dist. 69 incumbent Mark Dailey failed to get enough votes to get on the ballot, and wound up running a write-in campaign against two other write-in candidates. Dailey won, but Brien's write-in effort faces an additional challenge: Casey is on the ballot. Casey is on that ballot thanks to a 52 vote majority — hardly a resounding mandate, which gives Brien and his supporters confidence as they admit they could …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Supporters, spectators welcomed announcement with applause.
Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50) told supporters outside Pepin Lumber Thursday morning his decision to launch a write-in campaign was inpired by voters who urged him to keep running for the seat. Brien lost by 50 votes to primary challenger firefighter Stephen Casey Sept. 11, which the incumbent attributed partly to confusion over new polling places this year. Brien said he was also targeted by "public sector union bosses" looking to protect their turf and silence him as a voice for small business in Woonsocket. Many small business owners showed for the conference, making up the lion's share of a crowd that punctuated Brien's speech with applause. Among them were Paul's Family Restaurant, The Burrito Company, WNRI, Olly's Pizzaria and …
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.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
With results still unofficial, likely representative takes stock of new responsibilities.
Stephen Casey, Woonsocket's likely new representative for Dist. 50, struggled with fatigue, excitement and the prospect of much work ahead at his home the morning after Tuesday's primary. "I'm exhausted. It's my birthday," Casey said, repeating his remark that he doesn't consider the job of Dist. 50 representative (he'll run unopposed Nov. 6) a present. The 44-year-old said he's still aware he's got a lot of work to do. In the back yard at his Park Avenue home, poll signs from the primary race were stacked up against his house. Congratulatory texts, e-mails and calls were arriving in a steady stream. Through a break in some plants hanging between Casey's yard and the house next door, a neighbor leaned over and greeted Casey, "Good …