Randy Jackvony, former Chair of the Cranston Republican City Committee and writer at The Cranston Herald, discusses Nappylies.com in his column this week. For those who need a little history, Randy was kicked off the Cranston Republican City Committee in 2004. He stated that he was told to tender his resignation. When I asked him why, there was a pause. I said, “Was this because of Laffey?” and he said, “Yeah, basically.”
So I guess you could say that the young Jackvony’s relationship with the Cranston Republicans is a little … strained by his past run-ins with the former Mayor-in-Chief, Steve Laffey. But I thought his column was interesting, and he allowed me to share my two cents about whether Nappylies might rub some people the wrong way, even as it offers important information. From The Cranston Herald:
When I first saw the Web site that the Cranston Republican City Committee put up to highlight many of its criticisms of Mayor Michael Napolitano, I was a bit taken aback by its coarseness.
Merely typing the Web site address into the location bar of your favorite Internet browser may elicit some cringes from the more mild-mannered in Cranston. But you should do it anyway, visit http://www.nappylies.com.
When I reviewed the site for the first time, I wondered if the important message the Cranston GOP was trying to get across would be overshadowed by the caustic nature of the criticism.
â€œIs Mayor Napolitano dishonest or incompetent,â€? questions the GOP site. It then goes on to list a number of â€œexhibitsâ€? to show his dishonesty or incompetence. The exhibits are compelling unto themselves and often use the mayorâ€™s own statements against him. I wonâ€™t list them all here, but here is one as an example.
On the site: â€œWhat he said: â€˜Napolitano promised â€œmeaningful tax reliefâ€? for homeowners.â€™ Providence Journal 4/19/06. What he did: Napolitano raised Cranston property taxes by more than 5 percent, nearly the maximum allowed by state law. Providence Journal 3/30/07.â€?
I knew about and agreed with most of the exhibits before I even visited the site (for example, in one of my May columns I criticized Napolitano for saying as a candidate, â€œHolding the line on taxes will be my highest priority.â€? [full text]
Other notables interviewed for his article include David Exter of the Republican City Committee, and Justin Katz of Anchorrising.com.