Cicilline is the candidate with integrity

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To the editor,
Integrity. Really? INTEGRITY.
Mr. Doherty’s latest attack ad on television towards Congressman David Cicilline is loaded with insinuation, negative innuendo, a bit of or no truth at all. Remember, Mr. Doherty approved this divisive negative ad.
I was also recently subjected to a robot-call – a female spewing half-truths and innuendo in a very snide tone of voice – that, though it was generated by the National Republican Campaign Committee in support of Brendan Doherty, required his approval for publication. The call was disgusting.
So I ask you, integrity? Mr. Doherty has run a spiteful, negative campaign. Where is his integrity?
I am not surprised that there would be animosity between a retired state police colonel and an attorney whose job it was to provide representation to those accused of alleged criminal activity. Criminal attorneys tend to represent those accused of committing crimes as prosecutors tend to pursue convictions of those crimes.  It is the job of these attorneys to do just that – represent one side or the other.  This is a fundamental process of fair representation; a tenet of the freedoms granted by our Constitution.  An attorney representing the accused is not guilty of his client’s crimes. Mr. Doherty’s campaign has repeatedly alluded to just that. It is wrong and unbecoming of an individual touting his integrity. Mr. Doherty knows better.
And, to infer that Congressman Cicilline did more than state, though erroneously, that the City of Providence was in good financial state – to raise the aura of corruption without a basis to do so – is pure theater and utterly irresponsible.
Though I have tried to learn more about Mr. Doherty, his negative campaign has taught me only one thing. Integrity is one thing Mr. Doherty can use more of.
Wendy Caputo
1357 Wampanoag Trail

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One Comment;

  1. Mark Smiley said:

    In many scandals, the cover up is worse than the crime. However, there is no one more responsible for the financial condition of Providence then David Cicilline. He spent the rainy day fund of Providence. He also kept that information from the City Council. He balanced the books of Providence by spending it’s future.

    Of course, Rep. Cicilline did what he always does, deny, deflect, obfuscate, and then find a Republican to blame it on. He stood next to John Loughlin two years ago and said that Providence was in “Excellent” fiscal condition.

    I’m sorry, there are only TWO possibilities. David Cicilline either wasn’t competent enough to realize what he had done to Providence or he knew what he had done but was willing to lie to get out of town and down to Washington and join his band of thieves.

    To do this requires a special breed, integrity is NOT a characteristic of that breed.

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