To the Editor:
I am dismayed to see the negative ads Bob Flanders is using in his campaign for the Senate. They are undeniably “ad hominem” and unbecoming for a man of Flanders reputation. He claims to be independent of Trump, but to be independent of Trump is to be independent of Republicans who overwhelmingly approve of Trump, in spite of Trump’s catastrophic administration. After President Obama’s attempts to rein in the federal deficit, Trump and the Republican Congress have put it back into record-breaking debt. I doubt if
Flanders could resist the pressure to endorse Trump’s and the Republican’s dangerous embrace of reactionary economic theory.
Ironically, if Flanders were running for governor, I would seriously think of voting for him. He has a distinguished record of extraordinary administrative skill in the Courts and as receiver of the bankrupt city of Central Falls. As it is, independent-minded citizens such as myself remember fondly the type of Republican represented by John Chafee and even William F. Buckley; men who would have found a very cold welcome in the Republican as it is now constituted.
I remember when people accused the late Bruce Sundlun of waiting for a vacancy so he could appoint himself as Senator. Sundlun denied that and said he thought “being one of a hundred” did not suit a man used to giving orders that were followed without question. I like seeing a competent candidate for public office and I would encourage Flanders to run for Governor next time around. He could easily get the nomination and would be much better suited as chief executive of Rhode Island. And he could win without resorting to “ad hominem” attacks on a dedicated public servant like Sheldon Whitehouse, no matter how much you dislike his politics.