|those were the days|
Christmas arrives early for Governor Gina Raimondo as former Republican and former chairman of the Trump Rhode Island campaign, Joe Trillo, jumps Independent to give Raimondo the three way race she desperately wanted and needed for reelection. Raimondo polling could not get her over 44%, so “Queena” was sure to lose in a head to head match up against a Republican candidate.
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Sources say team Raimondo was celebrating at the news that Trillo could become an “attack dog” who could also pull 6% to 8% of the vote and help Raimondo gain four more years as Governor. Supporters who gathered for a Trillo “time” Monday night in East Greenwich said Joe Trillo made no mention he may jump ship on President Trump and the Republican party. Many were stunned at the news since Trillo seemed to have a good shot at winning the GOP primary. Republican party insiders scream this reeks of a deal cut between Trillo and Governor Raimondo, although no deal can be confirmed at this time. Raimondo Chief of Staff Brett Smiley is no stranger to cutting deals, as evident when he cut a deal with Jorge Elorza to become his chief of staff in exchange for pulling out of the mayoral race and supporting Elorza.
Trillo mentioned the need to attract “Democrats and Independent voters” in order to win, yet Donald Trump,Mayor Fung and Charlie Baker have been successful winning as Republicans, while attracting many Democrat and Independent votes. As early as last week, Trillo supporters were hinting President Trump might come to Rhode Island to campaign for Joe Trillo, however there is zero chance of that happening now. It is difficult to criticize Joe Trillo, who had been such a leader against waste, fraud, and corruption and was so often the voice of reason on Smith Hill. Donald Trump faced tremendous opposition in winning the Republican primary, yet he remained with the party and won the Presidency.
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