Gina Raimondo's gubernatorial intentions have become more clear with a tweet yesterday taking a dig at Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, a likely Democratic challenger, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a likely Republican candidate.
In the tweet Raimondo responds to Leah Williams or in the twitter world @leahygo, who asked "As a Providence resident how do you feel about the closing of our pool this summer in the middle of a heatwave?#DaveyLopesPool"
Raimondo responds, "Pool closings, gun raffles, not the future for our kids."
The tweet is a clear stab at Mayor Angel Taveras and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.
Taveras is taking heat for closing the Davey Lopes Pool over the summer. A group called Swim Empowerment Rhode Island has challenged the mayor's decision saying that it is making it difficult for minority children to learn how to swim. The mayor, in his defense, says the city can not afford the repairs to the pool, and has offered to open a water park in its place. As a result, pool supporters flocked to protest a top dollar fundraiser for Angel Taveras calling on the mayor and his supporters to save the pool.
And then there is Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and the gun raffle. The Republican Party has decided to raise money by raffling off an A 15 Semi-automatic rifle. While anti-gun advocates are strongly opposed to the raffle, the party says the raffle is doing exactly what is meant to do, raise money. Was the raffle Fung's idea? No. Is he involved in the raffle? No. But he is a Republican and sometimes that is good enough in politics.
Fung issued the following statement regarding the raffle, "While I am a supporter of the Second Amendment, as a former criminal prosecutor, I have strong reservations against the raffling of a semi automatic weapon. This is not something that I would ever do to raise campaign funds."
Meanwhile, Raimondo is being political savvy. Remember how effective Congressman Cicilline was when he painted former State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty as a rank and file Republican? The idea of a "radical conservative" scares Rhode Islanders so the more Raimondo can paint Fung as a right-wing conservative the better off she is.
In addition, the support of the pool definitely gained Raimondo some supporters in Providence.
While Fung, Taveras, and Raimondo have not officially declared their candidacies, it seems the social media campaigns have begun. It will be interesting to see how important the role of social media will become in the next election.
Dee DeQuattro is the assignment desk manager and digital news coordinator for ABC6. She studied politics and communications and holds a master's degree from Providence College. Follow her on twitter @deedequattro and log on to ABC6 .com for her latest in depth coverage of politics and news.