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Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

One response to “Congressional delegation responds to Resist Hate RI petition”

  1. Randall Rose

    Sen. Reed’s spokesman made clear Reed has rejected the anti-Trump petition.

    The message from the top spokesman on Reed’s Washington staff, Chip Unruh, said “Senator Reed appreciates the input and the energy from these petitioners.” That can only mean one thing. When political types say “We appreciate your energy”, it’s always a tacit way of expressing that they aren’t interested in what mere voters like you have to say. I’m a little surprised that Reed would risk having his spokesman take such a dismissive tone in response. But disdain for the public runs deep throughout Washington, and sometimes they can’t help revealing how they feel. The spokesman who made this remark, a high-ranking taxpayer-funded employee on Reed’s staff named Howard K. “Chip” Unruh III, did include a cursory line about “Senator Reed appreciates the input”, and that’s about the nicest-sounding part of his response. But after claiming that Senator Reed appreciates getting input from us, the spokesman goes on at much greater length to insist that Reed is just going to go on doing what he’s always done. To be clear, this is an important enough issue that Reed would have personally gone over it with his press secretary Unruh before having Unruh respond, so the tone of the response must reflect how Reed feels. I know how someone in Reed’s position would respond if he was serious about working with ordinary Rhode Islanders on this, and the language of the response that we got is about as far from that as you can get in Washingtonese.

    The other federal politicians from RI who responded were more tactful, but not any different in substance. Cicilline says “I share the concerns”, which is a standard way of politely dodging the issue of whether he’ll actually commit to do what we asked him to.

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