Former Secretary of State Matt Brown is running for governor as an independent. And he’s campaigning on a bold plan that would necessarily mean a new era for Rhode Island – expanding the public sector.
“The Ocean State could be the Saudi Arabia of wind power,” Brown wrote in an open letter announcing his campaign, calling for a state run offshore wind farm that would export energy by 2035.
“And my plan gives the state and all Rhode Islanders an actual financial stake in this new energy system,” he wrote in the letter published on his new campaign website. “As shareholders, every resident will receive profits in the form of rebate checks every year, in the same way that residents of Alaska do.”
“Change also means we must take our money back from Wall Street,” Brown wrote. “We can and should start our own bank here in Rhode Island – like they did with extraordinary success in North Dakota. We will move our money from Wall Street to this new bank to invest it in Rhode Island — creating jobs, raising wages, supporting small businesses and strengthening communities here at home. The profits earned by this bank will provide a new and growing source of revenue to invest in Rhode Island, without raising taxes or putting the state further into debt.”
A state-run bank, he predicted in his letter, “will help protect our money the next time Wall Street crashes.”
Brown is a former up-and-coming Democrat who is running as an independent.”My campaign will be nonpartisan,” he wrote. “I will run as an independent because the fight that matters in the long run is not us against them, but all of us – all of us together — against the huge challenges we are facing.”
He was Rhode Island’s secretary of state from 2002 to 2006. In 2006, he campaigned for the US Senate seat then held by Lincoln Chafee. RIPR notes he left that race under some suspicions of financial malfeasance.
For the past 11 years he has been working for Global Zero, an organization he co-founded that works to eliminate nuclear weapons. “For those of you wondering where I have been and why you may not have seen much of me during this period, I hope you understand,” Brown wrote.