Rhode Island’s First Congressional District may have a Cook PVI of D+13, but Republican John Loughlin, currently the State House Minority Whip, will be looking to pull a Scott Brown this fall and turn another Kennedy seat red. Loughlin had almost $190,000 on hand through the first quarter of fundraising, and is heading to New York City next week to raise money with the help of Rudy Giuliani. This is not the first time a major national figure in the Republican Party has helped bring in money for Loughlin–earlier this year Senator John McCain joined him at a fundraiser in Washington.
In other RI-1 news, speculation abounds about a possible run by State Rep. David Segal (if you’re unfamiliar with Segal, check out this article). Rhode Island liberals are excited about the possibility of Segal entering the race.
And our own Governor Donald Carcieri was named to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s list of worst governors. The group is generally considered left-leaning, and a Carcieri spokeswoman argued the report can’t be considered authoritative.
— Dan Davidson