Providence Journal: Aaron Regunberg: My political views are mainstream, not ‘radical’

In his Aug. 8 Commentary piece (“Sharp left turn bad for R.I. business”), Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity — a hard-line conservative think tank — described me as “radical.” He used kinder words for my opponent, Democratic incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, whom he described as “mainstream.” But what’s mainstream to a far-right ideologue like Mike Stenhouse is very far from the actual mainstream of our state.

I have been traveling across Rhode Island for months, and everywhere I go, I hear agreement. The great majority of Rhode Islanders want family-friendly policies such as earned sick time, a living wage and equal pay for equal work. They want to protect a woman’s right to choose, they believe in universal health care, they care about protecting our water and air, and they support getting military-style weapons off our streets.

These are fights I helped lead in the State House, and core Democratic values that I will never stop fighting for.

Some on the right promote a narrative of a “war” within the Democratic Party. But that war only exists if people look at the insiders and politicians in the State House. If there is a conflict, it’s about regular people fighting for the issues that matter against corporate lobbyists and special interests and the politicians they buy. And that’s a battle that we can’t afford to have statewide leaders sit on the sidelines for.

Aaron Regunberg

Providence

The writer is a Democratic state representative running for lieutenant governor.

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