Instead of proposing solutions to fix Rhode Island’s scandal-plagued Department of Children, Youth & Families or improving Rhode Island’s “anemic” job growth under her leadership, Democrat governor Gina Raimondo and her administration have been spending their time planning PR campaigns ahead of her tough reelection bid. According to a leaked memo obtained by the Providence Journal that reads “like a campaign flier,” Raimondo has been planning on doing a major media blitz on October 2 to mark her 1,000th day in office with choreographed public events, even asking her own cabinet officials to prepare “at least one event” each to highlight her so-called accomplishments.
Instead of focusing on getting real results for the people of Rhode Island, Raimondo appears more concerned with trying to drum up good PR through phony events to bolster her low approval ratings. Raimondo continues to show that she is all talk, no action when it comes to governing her state. Rhode Islanders deserve better.
The Providence Journal reports:
“Raimondo’s communications director, Mike Raia, spelled out the plan to all of the public-relations folk in the executive branch in an email earlier this month, which has since been obtained by The Journal, with the subject line: October 2: #1000DaysOfProgress — Comms Planning.’
Reading like a campaign flier for Democrat Raimondo, who is expected to seek reelection next year, Raia’s email read, in part: ‘October 2, 2017 marks Governor Raimondo’s 1,000th day in office. In those 1,000 days, Rhode Island has built some incredible momentum and our state has made a lot of progress…
To ‘highlight this progress,’ Raia asked help in choreographing ‘a full day of public events to celebrate #1000DaysOfProgress. Governor Raimondo will pack a lunch and travel from Westerly to Woonsocket, holding events along the way highlighting specific accomplishments of the administration’s first 1,000 days.’
‘In addition to the Governor’s events, we are asking every Cabinet member to plan at least one event highlighting a specific and tangible accomplishment from these 1,000 days. Please copy and complete the form below with two suggestions, including locations, for your agency and send it … no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, September 8. Our office will provide final guidance on events by Friday, September 15 to ensure that we have adequate coverage across the entire state.’”