Why Did the Rhode Island Democratic Party Endorse An Alt-Right Supporter Over a Progressive Incumbent?

Why Did the Rhode Island Democratic Party Endorse An Alt-Right Supporter Over a Progressive Incumbent?

Michael Earnheart was endorsed by the Rhode Island Democratic Party over a progressive incumbent this week. Moira Jayne Walsh, a 27-year-old former waitress and labor organizer, captured a bit of national attention after she won a seat in the Rhode Island House in 2016. “I decided that I wasn’t just going to work on legislation, because there has been so much neglect in my neighborhood for so many years that I wanted to make sure that people felt that they had a sense of community,” she told The Atlantic that November. Walsh has since been a progressive voice in the legislature and supports increasing the minimum wage and marijuana legalization. She also caused a stir in March when she said in a radio interview that there was an “insane amount of drinking” among legislators at the statehouse. All this might go some way towards explaining why the state Democratic Party has endorsed her opponent in the upcoming primaries—a man who appears to have once been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump and alt-right figures. On June 28, the Rhode Island Democratic Party endorsed challenger Michael Earnheart, in a handwritten addition to a printed endorsement sheet. On his Facebook page , Earnheart describes himself as a “moderate” and responded to queries about his political positions in late May with statements of support for the “Second Amendment” and a promise to “defend against legislation that attempts to stop or interfere with lawful gun ownership.” WOW: Joe McNamara wrote in an endorsement […]

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