Here’s my unedited interview with House Speaker Gordon Fox, who expressed no small amount of frustration with Ken Block for the way in which he has handled his campaign to make straight party voting more difficult in Rhode Island. Important update: I’m told this is the first time Fox has publicly taken a position on straight ticket voting.
Ken Block surmises that more than 68 percent of the East Side residents who employed straight ticket voting for a Democrat didn’t intend to vote for Gordon Fox, the incumbent Democrat who by the way has one of the most influential seats in state government. Rather than writing that Block is making a circus out of the political process I will note that it is my opinion that he is making an erroneous assumption.
It reads to me like the more-respected/more-articulate political opinion blogger Scott MacKay agrees.
My opinion is that Ken Block is playing incredibly fast and loose with statistics because he knows the media doesn’t have a lot of effective tools for calling out that kind dishonesty. I thought it was a pretty intelligent political calculation until he put this one out there into the marketplace of ideas.