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  Lynch, Cicilline want [RI-01] seat
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Last EditedCraverguy  Feb 15, 2010 11:34pm
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AuthorJim Baron
News DateMonday, February 15, 2010 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionJust one day after Congressman Patrick Kennedy jolted the state’s political establishment by announcing that he would not seek re-election in November, two marquee names in Rhode Island’s Democratic Party, Pawtucket resident William Lynch, the party chairman, and Providence Mayor David Cicilline, both declared that they will seek his job.

The dual announcements set up a potential Democratic primary in the 1st District that is almost certain to attract one or several more candidates as the campaign season proceeds.

Both Cicilline and Lynch say they want to go to Congress because Washington has lost touch with the needs of average citizens.

In a written statement, Lynch, 52, declared that “The partisan politics of Washington are no longer providing solutions for the taxpayers of Rhode Island. Rhode Islanders can no longer afford the partisan bickering both the Republican and Democratic parties provided last year.

“I want Rhode Island families to know I will not participate in the rhetoric that has left all of us discouraged and disillusioned these past few years.”

In his formal announcement, Cicilline, 48, said, “I’m running for Congress to take to Washington what I know about getting hard things done. That’s what mayors do every day — solve difficult problems. We cut costs, resolve complex problems, and look an impossible challenge in the eye and just figure it out. We know how to work across party lines and build coalitions to get things done.

“I intend to bring these critical skills and perspectives to Washington and represent this state’s urgent need to move beyond our current stagnancy and toward the economic vitality that I am so confident is within our reach,” the mayor said.
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