February 12th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Rhode Island GOP chair eyes Kennedy seat

Rep. Patrick Kennedy will not seek re-election.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy will not seek re-election.

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy already had a Republican challenger, businessman John Loughlin, before he decided to retire from his Rhode Island seat late Thursday.

Now that Kennedy is out of the race, another Republican might jump in: Rhode Island GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione.

"I am more than interested," Cicione told CNN Friday. "I would love to do it, I just don't know if I am in a position to do it."

Cicione predicted that more Republicans might decide to pursue the open seat, which leans Democratic. Several Rhode Island Democrats have already expressed interest in succeeding Kennedy.

"I think we are going to see a lot of activity on the Republican side," said Cicione, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1996. But, he added, "John Loughlin is a good candidate and I want to see him succeed."

The Rhode Island GOP has been plagued by infighting between moderates and conservatives in recent months, with conservative elements recently banding together to demand Cicione's ouster over the question of whether to keep Republican primaries open to independent voters. Ciocione favors doing so.

Filed under: 2010 • Patrick Kennedy • Rhode Island
soundoff (17 Responses)

    Another dem leaving the sinking ship. Chalk one up for another republican seat in the house. It won't be long now before Obama's agenda is in the toilet, where it belongs.

    February 12, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. linda

    It is time for the media to put this front and center on all outlets so the American people can point their fingers at the real cause for our economic disaster: GEORGE W. BUSH!!

    It is time for the GOP to stop blaming Obama and the Democrats
    for this disaster.

    Get some spine GOP – you destroyed our economy hand in hand with your hero (and idiot) George W. Bush.

    February 12, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. joe m

    Rhode Island will be a tough venue for any GOP, but with the mood of the american voter, they may just be able to put up a good race. dem are finding themselves not as popular today as they were a year ago. much like the republicans when got into power, dems forgot about actually governing instead of just trying to stay in power.

    February 12, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Texas Jack

    Oh please don't let this one go to the Democrats. For the Lord's sake we must get this evil out of Washington.

    February 12, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    God Bless this Kennedy family, they have given so much and so much has been taken from them. Politics and their personal lives have had such a tragic ending. I'm not so sure most Americans could overcome what this family has endured over the years.

    February 12, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Jason

    I would not be surprised to see Patrick Kennedy move back to Massachusetts and try to run against Scott Brown. That is a move that a Kennedy would do, I can’t win in RI so I will continue to ride my daddy’s coat tails…

    February 12, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Wisconsonite - Vote for Consumer Protection Regulation of the Financial Industry

    And the sharks start circling . . . . .

    February 12, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Quit taking my taxes

    At least this drunk did not kill anybody and leave them to die. Even the north east is starting to realize the kennedys are the trash of this country.

    February 12, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. All the news that is fit to omit


    Kennedy is another gutless liberal who sees the writing on the wall, I HOPE he comes to Massachusetts and tries to reclaim his drunken Fathers seat, I would LOVE to beat him.

    Patches, YOU ARE THE JOKE and Scott Brown sends his love coward.

    I hate this POS, and he deserves the litany of TRUTHFUL postings that will hammer this dumber than Biden JOKE.


    February 12, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    The only people the GOP wants to allow to vote are the birthers, deathers, white idiots.

    February 12, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Glenn Koons

    Open primaries are put forward by both parties of the RINO type. Ca. has a vote on it for June. Now RI has a GOPer who wants to water down the GOP choice. Indies can vote in the general election and if they follow the lead of Va.,NJ, Mass., they are going to favor the Pub choice who at any rate will be better than any leftist Dem.

    February 12, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Snerdly, the invisible token

    I want the IBM sponsored team to win.

    February 12, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. FatboySlim

    Thank goodnes Patrick will be out of office soon. The Kennedy's have been nothing less than a leach sucking on the teat of the American taxpayer for decades. Good bye!

    February 12, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. MarkE

    Good riddens!

    February 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |

    Another Kennedy seat now history? Can wonders ever cease?

    February 12, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Donkey Party

    The Right-wing offers nothing but misery, fear, and hate, with a little racism and homophobia mixed in. Their single goal is to return to power and finish the destruction they started in America.

    February 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Mark

    Maybe Kevin Vigilante should take his seat. Now wouldn't that be something? A throwback to that old race, and I think it'll be a good gesture in waiting, wouldn't you be able to say that with good graces?

    February 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |