Election time is rapidly approaching, the lines have been drawn, and the issues are on the table. I’ve taken time to soak them in, and look at the big picture while watching the details unfold on the debates. After all is said and done, for Rhode Islanders I recommend you vote in Ken Block for governor.
Let’s backtrack a bit, and disclose something. I have followed Ken since well before he was a candidate. Just the fact Ken is on the ballot is absolutely amazing. Ken recently founded the Moderate Party of Rhode Island – an even-keeled party that is business-friendly while being socially responsible. Watching what he went through to actually take the state to court for what amounted to an unconstitutional process on recognizing parties, I gained a lot of admiration for his (and his supporters’) efforts. After creating this party, and having it recognized by the state, he announced he was running for governor to fix the broken machine that is Rhode Island’s political leadership. He has gone through the campaign and debates, and is now heading to the finish line of an exhaustive journey. During this time, I’ve kept in loose contact, especially during his process to recognize his party. As I am not from Rhode Island, and rarely will support a candidate or party, I did not make the trip out to any events or rallies. But, here we are?
Ken Block is a businessman, and a successful one at that. He has created jobs, and knows how to work with businesses. Because of his background, he will have the advantage in working with businesses and convincing him that the state is a friend, and not an enemy. During his time as a businessperson, he implemented a software program (best way to describe for the non-IT crowd) that automated, and audited the State of Texas welfare program, and save the state millions of dollars from fraud and waste. While he won’t be able to sell this to his own state for obvious reasons, he has shown he can create and understand processes that clean up government systems.
He’s non-partisan, and this has shown in the debates. Caprio and Robitaille have focused on national party policies and demonizing the other’s party instead of what will help the state, and how they would do this as governor, in all seriousness. Chafee hasn’t risen above this much, except to say that he is not in one of the major parties – now – which smells a bit disingenuous.
He’s not part of the problem, and his three main competitors can’t make this claim. Robitaille, while a relative rookie in the political machine worked for the past governor. Caprio has spent 20 years in Rhode Island’s political machine, and claims to be a solution, rather than an example of the problems? Chafee has been in Rhode Island politics for 25 years… enough said. Block is a newcomer to politics, and is not tainted by the “way things were” mentality.
He has executive leadership experience, which is critical for an executive position. During the debates, he has been able to remain on-message and focused on the solutions instead of the bickering and gesturing of the other candidates. While I can’t say I agree with him on 100% of his issues, I can agree 100% with his attitude and thought process in how to solve the massive problems Rhode Island faces.
If I were in the Rhode Island voting booth, I would vote for Kenneth Block (M) for governor. You, as a smart and logical person should too.
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