Letter: McKendall's 'Heroes' Are Disconcerting

One resident voices his concern over Tina McKendall's "heroes."

Dear editor,  

'Tis the season for candidates to advertise their run for office, candidates both known and unknown.  One unknown, whose ubiquitous red signs have flooded the lawns of North Kingstown and Narragansett like weeds, is Republican Tina McKendall. 

Research reveals that McKendall is running for state senate and has a social media page where she disconcertingly says little about voter concerns and issues. She does alarmingly note that her personal heroes include two extremely controversial figures Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Florida Congressman Allen West.         

Walker caused an uproar when he undercut the rights of collective bargaining for most public workers in Wisconsin with his notorious "budget repair bill."  He repealed women's equal pay law and pushed for legislation allowing the refusal of birth control to women based on the pharmacist's own religious beliefs.  Walker is a self-proclaimed Evangelical Christian who supports that group's controversial causes. West has made outrageous public statements attacking women including his infamous lines "these Planned Parenthood women, the code pink women and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness [we need] to let them know that we are not going to let our men become subservient."  West has been referred to as the "rock star" of the Tea Party Caucus.  

McKendall's "heroes" fill in the blanks of her agenda. I urge voters to seriously consider what she is about.  McKendall and her support of anti-union and anti-female idols is better suited to the fictional town of Stepford, where the robots have no voice, rather than our towns where her ideals have no place.


Kenneth Sweeney

N. Kingstown, RI  02852

Politics Sheriff of NK October 24, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Ehrhardt has LIED to protect corruption, it's a fact. He is a representative of the NKGOP core. They are rotten. Just look at the disasterous NK policies and the self-serving hacks they appoint to various boards. DONT VOTE FOR TOWN COUNCIL INCUMBENTS. DONT VOTE FOR EHRHARDT. PERIOD.
Marcus October 24, 2012 at 02:40 AM
observer and sherif I couldn't have said it better.
Govstench October 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM
This is a pretty thin editorial, Mr. Sweeney. Instead of focusing on the real issues facing this state and this country, an economy we can survive in, jobs for unemployed and our college and university graduates, I read more dribble about this Tea Party stuff but very little about the Progressives that have causing all the damage. I would say that the people of this district has more to fear from the twelve years of support of reckless spending by her opponent. Try to name more than two things that this person has done, other than being a rubber stamp for the leadership. Remember, you get the government you keep electing. Are you happy with the 43 months of double digit unemployment?
KentS October 24, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Exactly how am I or anyone to know about Tina's interest or promotion of fiscal responsibility? Her only public presence is a FB page that gives next to no information regarding her stance on important issues for voters. Also, don't put words in mouth, it's not only that I don't agree with Tina, I'm legitimately concerned with her alignment with Walker, West and the Tea Party Caucus.
KentS October 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Perhaps you should be attacking Ms. McKendall's complete lack of focus on any of these "real" issues you speak of. She has very little to say about any of these issues for voters to form an opinion about her. She does, however, spend time on her FB page aligning herself of Walker and West who, for any intelligent citizen, are incredibly bad news for working, free thinking Americans. There's nothing thin about my points. In contrast, your complaints seem to be merely thinly veiled attacks on the incumbent. If you are reminding me of "getting the government we keep electing" - I'd much rather have a seasoned candidate who has experience and seems to present all of his opinions and stances on issues in his literature, statements and on his website, than a candidate who seems utterly clueless about any of the issues important to the state when looking at her literature, web presence, statements or lack thereof.


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