So far Brendan Doherty is running his campaign against David Cicilline not all that differently from how Anthony Gemma campaigned against the incumbent congressman: make a lot of accusations and see which ones stick.
So far, not all of them have.
While the conservative Republican got a lot of media attention the day after the primary for his announcing Cicilline’s ten biggest deceptions, it turns out Doherty was the one doing the deceiving with regard to at least 20 percent of the list. The Providence Journal Politifact team has looked into two of the ten accusations Doherty made about Cicilline and found them both to be “mostly false.”
In the first, Doherty accuses Cicilline of intentionally missing deadlines for an audit of Providence finances. Politifact says, “The facts argue otherwise. In the end, we have the former head of the Rhode Island State Police making allegations without key evidence, and ignoring evidence that points in another direction.”
In the second piece, Doherty tries to make the assertion that a former campaign worker didn’t repay a loan to the Providence Economic Development Partnership. According to Politifact, the borrower paid back 93 percent of the loan after defaulting on it. “Doherty cited the case as one of Cicilline’s “most serious deceptions.” It’s not clear that any deception was involved. And Doherty provided no such evidence. Because the statement contains some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, we rate it Mostly False.”
Brendan Doherty’s baggage is supposed to be that he is a conservative Republican who will side with other conservative Republicans in congress. But Politifact has examined his statements four times so far and he’s been less-than-spot-on in three of them. Not what you want the paper of record writing about you if you’re waging a trust campaign.
Here’s what Doherty said at his presser about the value of being honest: “You have shown yourself to be untrustworthy and therefore unqualified to represent the people of Rhode Island.”