The Providence Journal: Update: GOP Primary Winner Drops Out of RI Lt. Gov. Race
Healey is running for lieutenant governor for the third time with a promise not to take any salary or hire staff, while pushing the legislature to put a proposed amendment to the state Constitution on the ballot that defines the job or eliminates it.
His preference: eliminate the office and give its one clear responsibility to another statewide officer and that is, taking the governor’s place should he or she die.
“Anybody can do that job,” he said, suggesting “the only important thing…[is] “that voters know who they are electing has the potential of becoming governor.”
“Saving $1 million is really what it is all about,” said Healey, saying he could suspend his law practice and go without a salary because he has made enough money in law, land sales in Uruguay and the liquor business to get by without a state salary.
“We have to wait and see what the people think. I mean I am not the prettiest candidate,” said the long-haired and bearded Healey, “and I know people have some sort of inbred animosity. It’s odd to me. I mean the long hair and the beard certainly is a recognizable persona, on the other hand I know it works against me in many ways.”
For the past 80 years or so, everything up here in Rhode Island has been hopelessly locked down by the Democratically – some would say Communist – controlled unions. Around here, FDR’s name is mentioned under the the most angelic of breadths.
There are indications, though – smaller ones, admittedly, but lots of them – that the ground is beginning to shake. Tremors, if you will.
On the political Richter scale, however, yesterday’s announcement from Heidi Rogers (the winner of the Republican primary in the Lt. Governor’s race) that she is dropping out of the race was upwards of a 7.0.
Robert Healey, one of the most eccentric political figures in Rhode Island over the past twenty years and one who has been desperately trying to affect change up here for a long time, now stands a much greater chance of winning the general election for Lt. Governor against the incumbent, Democrat Elizabeth Roberts. Both Rogers and Healey are running on a platform of winning the position in order to eliminate it through an amendment to the state constitution, and with their vote no longer divided, they may just be successful.
As with all things in life, there are those desperate times that call for desperate measures.
From time to time I’ve chronicled the tremendous, boots-on-the-ground efforts of the Young Republicans in Rhode Island and the difference that they’re making in several important races, most notably the candidacies of John Robitaille and John Loughlin. Let’s hope that yesterday’s announcement is an harbinger of common sense in colony #13.