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Friday, February 25, 2011

Sheldon Whitehouse - Senate's #1 liberal

In the National Journal's annual poll, our own Senator Sheldon Whitehouse ranked #1 most liberal (though he's in a 9-way tie with other notables like Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Chuck Shumer of NY) for the second year in a row.

That's pretty good news as he runs for reelection in 2012 because another poll, this time by Gallup, shows Rhode Island is the 3rd most liberal state in the Union, following the District of Columbia and Vermont. And DC isn't a state. It's no surprise that Mississippi, Idaho and Alabama scored 1st , 2nd and 3rd most conservative, respectively.

While there has been lots of buzz that Whitehouse will be challenged by former Guv Don Carcieri (unless he's already changed his voting address to Florida) or John Robitaille. Both would lose by double digits according to poll numbers released yesterday.

But another potential Republican challenger has emerged - Hasbro's Alan G. Hassenfeld. He was quoted in yesterday's ProJo political blog as considering a run.

Though, maybe Hassenfeld might also be considering running from Florida. Last month, Hassenfeld acted as the front guy for the now discredited OSPRI report that Rhode Island's taxes are making the rich bail out for Florida.

Well, if Kerry King can run for State Treasurer from a Florida address, why can't Alan Hassenfeld. After all, there are different rules for the rich.

SIDE NOTE: In Rhode Island, where everyone is connected to everyone, Kerry King serves on the board of the RI Statewide Coalition along with fellow Floridian CCA President Kallie Jurgens,

Author: Will Collette