U.S. Senate Candidate Sheeler Blasts RI Democrat and Union Leadership

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There is a clear disconnect between our citizens and those elected to represent them. Carl Sheeler, a 45-year-old business owner, educator and Marine Corps vet as well as Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006, recently sent a letter to over 700 of Rhode Island’s Democrat Party leaders responding to comments by Party Chair, William Lynch.

Carl Sheeler, a 45-year-old business owner, educator and Marine Corps vet as well as Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006, recently sent a letter to over 700 of Rhode Island’s Democrat Party leaders responding to comments by Party Chair, William Lynch. Lynch had suggested party-wide support for Sheldon Whitehouse, another candidate for the seat held by Republican Lincoln Chafee, despite many State/Town Committee Chairs having yet to interview all the party’s candidates.

Sheeler stated, “Bill can be a gracious host and likeable guy. I was at his beautiful home just last evening. But, the Chair is not a party of one. He should not dictate who will be running for Rhode Island’s U.S. Senate. I’m simply saying what many have shared with me, like Joe DiLorenzo, Party Vice Chair. There are many who feel there’s a disconnect at several levels. There’s a disconnect that fails to adequately recognize and groom “up-and-comers”. There’s often a disconnect between those elected and those represented. There’s certainly a disconnect when the Chair does not ask his Executive Director, to permit all candidates can be assured a fair interview prior to endorsements. Otherwise, they become meaningless to the public. The public sees cronyism that puts self-interests first.”

Sheeler has waged a populist campaign focusing on retail politics where the candidate spends more time in communities to listen to its local business and civic leaders and the every day people of the state. He is a strong proponent of citizen equality and expects our future leaders to rely on more than expensive media ads and polls. Sheeler challenged. “Has Whitehouse or Matt Brown shown leadership when they failed to take firm initial stands on issues such as the War in Iraq and the nomination of Justice Alito to the Supreme Court bench? I don’t think so. Polling public sentiment and leadership is not the same thing. People see through it.” Sheeler admonished, “They armchair quarterback Senator Chafee, but have no real vision and inconsistent positions themselves. Like him or not, we cannot continue with a Republican Party that does to this country nationally, what many General Assembly Democrats are doing to us statewide. We need reform, not rhetoric.”

Sheeler challenged, “I have great faith in the public’s intelligence. When our opinions are discounted until election season, it reduces our trust and desire to vote. I’m fed up with insider politics and broken promises. This is not a Democratic party platform; it’s an American one.”

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