Kalus, McKee trade personal shots ahead of election day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Dozens of Rhode Island Democrats supporting Gov. Dan McKee gathered on the steps of the State House Wednesday to condemn “vulgar” text messages by Republican candidate for Ashley Kalus.

The Boston Globe reported texts between Kalus and a Chicago-based contractor from 2018 that surfaced this week.

“What kind of an example foes this set as a mother,” asked Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos. “It was a concern because seeing the type of language being used and the demeaning that was being used, it makes me worried a lot if that’s the type of language we want people to be using for the state of Rhode Island.”

Kalus’ team quickly responded to the event, calling it a petty news press conference.

The statement read in part, “Do we really want a governor who is afraid of a few bad words?”

Adam Myers, associate professor of political science at Providence College, said this aggressive back and forth between candidates is normal leading up to election day.

“What the campaigns know — even though the voters maybe don’t like it and they say that they wish politicians wouldn’t focus so much on the negative — the fact of the matter is negative advertisements work,” said Myers.

He added, “The McKee campaign knew that he had some negatives coming into this race. So, one of the best ways to neutralize those negatives, quite frankly, is to make sure his opponent has negatives associated with her as well.”

General elections are set for Nov. 8.

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