After backlash, RI Dems take back two endorsements, but voters say it doesn't matter
A rough week for the Rhode Island Democratic Party Chairman, after being forced to take back two primary endorsements after local and national backlash from progressives.
Chairman Joseph McNamara sent a letter to the Secretary of State asking to take back endorsements of Michael Earnheart and Greg Acciardo.
Longtime political analyst from Rhode Island College Kay Israel said the endorsement comes as a sort of litmus test for the direction the party wants to go. But he said the endorsed candidates usually have the better shot at winning in the primary.
"A lot of voters look at party endorsements when they vote. It's indicated on the ballot," Israel said.
Israel added that those candidates usually have more resources at their disposal, after they are endorsed.
"It's not just going out meeting voters. Usually it's your ability to find out where the money is and where the potential support groups are," he said.
Voters who heard about the news said an endorsement from their own parties will do little to sway them when they enter the ballot.
"If a party rescinds an endorsement it's kind of like OK, great. I'm still going to vote how I feel," said Newport resident Andrea Sepe. "I'm not just going to generalize everything then just vote on a mass generalization. I want to vote in accordance with the issue and how I see it."
But another voter, Bennett Hall, said an endorsement, especially when looking at a ballot, might be enough to sway him.
"Definitely take the endorsement into consideration but I would still do my own research," Hall said.
Israel added that it's not impossible for a candidate not endorsed to win, as he said it's been done before.
Rhode Island's primary is set for Wednesday Sept. 12.