GOP endorsements, week before primary

By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

@DanaRGriffin

PROVIDENCE, RI- Former nominee for governor, John Robitaille endorsed Ken Block today at the state house.

“Ken Block is the right person to carry the banner as candidate for governor,” said Robitaille.

The pair ran against each other in the 2010 governor’s race when Block was a moderate.

Robitaille said, “There are people in the Republican Party who have tried to blame Ken Block for me not winning the 2010 election. I don’t look it that way.”

Many Republicans blamed Block because he received votes they thought would have put Robitaille over the 3–percent gap between him and Governor Chafee.

During a tour at VR Industries in Warwick, former governor, Lincoln Almond put his support behind the Cranston mayor.

Almond said, “Mayor Fung can give us leadership; there’s no doubt in my mind about that.”

Fung is the Rhode Island GOP nominee and is also being endorsed by past presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

Fung endorsed Romney in his presidential run in 2012, ran by campaign chairman, John Robitaille.

“I have a great respect for Mitt Romney and if he runs for President again, I’ll be there helping him, but he’s wrong on this one.”

Robitaille says Fung sat on the sideline during his 2010 run for governor- Fung begs to differ.

“I proudly supported him back in 2010 and you know, hopefully on September 9th after we win, he’s gonna be coming back to my side,” said Fung.

Political analyst, Kay Israel gave his perspective on these endorsements.

“May give a shorthand clue to the voters as to which way to go, but in reality, unless your name is Oprah, it really doesn’t make that much of a difference.  And even if your name is Mitt, I don’t think it carries that much weight in Rhode Island.”

Today, neither GOP candidate would disclose his internal polling numbers.

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