Dee from the Desk: The Real “People’s Pledge”
Democrats: can we please talk about something other than the “People's Pledge”? Quite frankly most “people” have no idea what the “People's Pledge” even is. To fill you in briefly, the People's Pledge is a pledge to not accept campaign donations from Super PACs and special interests.
While the Taveras, Pell, and Raimondo campaigns keep exchanging press release jabs at each other over the “People's Pledge,” the people are more concerned with things that actually matter to them like unemployment and economic development.
It goes to show how out of touch politicians can be with people's daily lives. While Raimondo, Pell, and Taveras brag that they have all committed to the people's pledge, saying they will not take money from special interests, everyday Rhode Islanders are literally concerned over where their next pay check will come from.
It's great that these Democrats are pledging not to take donations from special interests but at the same time the point is moot. These candidates have money. Clay Pell has already cut himself a hefty campaign check of $1 million and it would be no surprise if the other candidates followed suit. The so-called special interest money really makes no difference when your candidates are personally wealthy.
And this is the problem.
These candidates do not know what it is like to struggle for money. To literally wake up hoping you still have a job so you can bring food home and provide for your family. No, instead they are concerned with campaign finance reports. Campaign. Finance. Reports. Tell that to someone who can't afford to feed their family.
If more effort was put into considering the finances of the state and less time into arguing over the “People's Pledge” (which is clearly a political football designed to make the candidates who really don't need to be accepting special interest money in the first place, feel good about themselves) maybe we would actually have some possible solutions to help the decaying economy in Rhode Island. Or maybe not. It just seems an exorbitant amount of time has been spent discussing the “People's Pledge” issue and more time should be spent discussing the real people's issues.
It's insider politics at its best. Inside politicos and talkers get excited over the issue and follow the campaign back-and-forth while the rest of the state has no idea what a “People's Pledge” is and are more concerned about their next paycheck.
Dee DeQuattro is the assignment desk manager and digital news coordinator for ABC6. She studied politics and communications and holds a master's degree from Providence College. Follow her on twitter @deedequattro and log on to ABC6 .com for her latest in depth coverage of politics and news.