Republicans go local

Monday, November 3, 2008

While student Democrats headed to New Hampshire for their final campaigning, the Brown Republicans stayed closer to home.

Sean Quigley ’10, president of the Brown Republicans and a Herald opinions columnist, said the group’s campaigning efforts leading up to the election included a rally Friday afternoon outside a radio debate between incumbent Democratic Congressman James Langevin from Dist. 2 and his Republican opponent Mark Zaccaria.

The Republicans also planned a sign wave for John Pagliarini, the Republican candidate in Rhode Island Senate Dist. 35, and a “walk-around” on the East Side with David Anderson, candidate for Rhode Island’s assembly in the fourth district.

Though the Brown Republicans would like to send volunteers to New Hampshire, Quigley said, time constraints have prevented any students from going.

“We have a small set of people in the group to begin with,” Quigley said, and they already work on local campaigns. “If you add out-of-state (campaigning) it stretches them way too thin.”

“Honestly, the only way to affect the national campaign is to go to New Hampshire,” Quigley said.

“As much as I’d like … to allocate our resources to New Hampshire, it’s hard to go on the weekend and take a whole day there.”

Most of the conservative student campaigning in Rhode Island comes from other schools in the state, including the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams, Quigley said. URI students organized the sign wave.

“The change message should still work for Republicans in Rhode Island, because it’s been solidly Democrat for some time,” Quigley said.”