To the editor:
Warren Town Council candidates Brian Mellor and Richard Silva deserve much credit for refusing to attend the forum for town council candidates that was sponsored by the Rhode Island Voter Coalition.
Behind the innocuously-named coalition lurks a sinister force called the Tea Party — a divisive political movement that represents the radical, far-right fringe of the Republican party.
The Tea Party, rightfully, is not even a minor force in Rhode Island politics. And the coalition’s website lists only two contacts, and seems from that site to be active this election season only in Bristol, Warren and Cumberland — so much for a “Rhode Island” coalition.
The candidates who attended the forum sponsored by this Tea Party front gave credence to these budget-bashing radicals.
The refusal of Brian Mellor and Richard Silva to attend the forum was a brave decision, considering the headlines they knew their absence would — and did — produce.
Come to think of it: Brave decision-makers might be just what we need on the town council.
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