The resignation of Ivan Marte has put Rhode Island in the national news. Here’s from the source–Projo.com…
CRANSTON, R.I — Ivan G. Marte, chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly, says he has quit the GOP out of embarrassment at South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Obama’s address to Congress last week.
Marte became “disenchanted” with Governor Carcieri after the Republican governor sought his advice — and then ignored it, Marte said — concerning the 2008 executive order cracking down on illegal immigration. Carcieri’s order angered many in the Hispanic community.
Marte suggested Carcieri visit Hispanic families in their homes; meet with Hispanic community leaders, and answer questions on Hispanic talk radio. “I think once I left the office, they must have thrown it [his suggestions] in the garbage,” Marte said. “I haven’t heard back.”
Just over a year ago Southeast Asian youth invited the Governor to meet with them to discuss the firing of three experienced interpreters in a cost-cutting move that seemed sure to cost plenty and not just in dollars. Mrs. Carcieri compared the high school students to terrorists and said that meeting with them would be rewarding bad behavior.
This year a large crowd of Teabaggers got the Governor out on the State House lawn waving victory signs just like Richard Nixon. It’s clear who you have to be to get his attention.
Former Governor Lincoln Almond was a Republican, and didn’t have much of a base in South Providence. But I saw him at a celebration of Martin Luther King day, in a church on Cranston Street. Almond was still recovering from prostate surgery, he could easily have declined the invitation. He looked tired and uncomfortable, but he made the effort to be there. I’ve never forgotten that.
Respect, or non-respect, for constituents, speaks louder than words.