However, state party spokeswoman Ann Gooding said otherwise. “Bill Lynch continues in his role as senior advisor to the state party,” she said, also in an email to RI Future. Neither Gooding or party Chairman Joe McNamara could not immediately be reached to explain the discrepancy.
UPDATE: Lynch called RI Future after this story was published to say, in fact, there has been no change to his job title. Gooding and McNamara still have not returned multiple phone calls and emails (A Democratic operative, not Lynch, who contacted me after this was published said Gooding had asked them to reach out to me.)
Lynch, who was sometimes paid $4,000 a month by the Democrats, said he is now an “uncompensated” volunteer. Campaign finance records indicate he was paid $4,000 in May and June but he was not paid in April and July. “I only had limited amount of available time to commit to the Party so I didn’t feel comfortable being paid,” Lynch said when asked why he is no longer on the payroll.
When asked how his new role will be different from his previous role, Lynch, who was chairman of the state party for 12 years, said, “I don’t perform the Chairman’s duties.”
A lawyer in private practice, Lynch was hired as a senior adviser by the Rhode Island Democratic Party in August of last year, in the heat of the 2016 election.
At the time, Warwick Rep. Joe McNamara, the chairman of the state party, told WPRI, “With Bill serving as special adviser, he will provide the extra eyes and ears on the campaigns to ultimately protect the integrity of our elections and the voters’ intent. He will also be able to respond to legal and media issues that might arise in the days and months ahead.”
Lynch told WPRI he anticipated battling Republicans. “When I was chairman I was never accused of being shy about getting involved publicly in discussing issues and things, particularly when I think things are being misrepresented by the Republican Party right here in the state, and I have seen a number of occasions where I thought there was a role for that,” he said.
He was also dispatched to refute the liberal left. After the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America denounced the House budget proposal this spring, Lynch responded with an unsolicited submission that critiqued their position. “It truly disappoints me that this small progressive organization is so out of step with the majority of our party,” he wrote, referring to those who supported the budget proposal as “responsible Democrats” and “mainstream Democrats.”