It’s worth checking out the dossier the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put together about Brendan Doherty and his political baggage. Among other things, they say crime went up across the board in Rhode Island while the candidate for CD1 was head of the State Police. It also paints the picture of a far-right Republican who wants to take rights away from women and hurt the working class.
The DCCC file has video of almost all his on-air interviews and appearances, links to all the local news coverage he’s received and a full-on history of his life, including every piece of property and promotion he’s ever received. Did you know he was on the board of directors for Beacon Mutual when the insurance company was mired in a scandal for giving price breaks to choice companies? (Update: Marc Comtois says he remembers Doherty being brought in by his friend Gov. Don Carcieri after the scandal broke)
But the interesting part for me was while national Democrats put together a file on Doherty’s local record, local Dems are hitting him on national issues. In a video released last week, the Rhode Island Democratic Party said Doherty will work hard to repeal health care reform and will generally move in lock step with conservative Republicans like Paul Ryan and John Boehner.