I personally support Allan Fung as the Republican nominee for governor in 2014. He has shown that he is one of our state’s leading Republicans, and can work with Democrats. Whatever happens in 2014, the state legislature very probably will be heavily Democratic, but likely with some Republican inroads.
Fung, as a Republican Cranston mayor, has had to work with a Democratic-controlled city council during his tenure. He is such a man of accomplishment and invincibility in Cranston, even the Democrats did not oppose him in his last re-election bid.
Fung is the best choice to lead our party in 2014 — as our gubernatorial standard-bearer. He can win, and if elected, has a track record in actual governing. None of the other possible names mentioned for that office has those credentials and electability. Serious consideration and reflection should be made in the Republican selection process for nominee.
A unified Republican front is best to win statewide for our party. I find it of interest that Ken Block will now run for governor as a Republican. He has no real Republican bona fides and no known elective government experience. Anyone can change their affiliation, but a great governor is titular head of their party as well as a servant for all citizens, regardless of affiliations. I do not take anything away from John Robitaille, whom I like. Many observers feel Mr. Block cost Mr. Robitaille the governor’s office in 2010. I am not acquainted with Mr. Block.
As an elected local official, it would be great to have the Republicans nominate a person who understands local issues and the problems local officials face. Since it is highly probable the next state legislature will be Democratic controlled, a Republican governor would be able to be a “check and balance” on Democratic excesses. The last time we had a Republican governor and both houses of the state legislature Republican controlled was 1939-41.
I speak solely for myself.
Scott Bill Hirst
The writer is a six-term Hopkinton Town Council member.