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Openly gay congressman linked to child molester in GOP political attack ad

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new political ad sponsored by the National Republican Congressional Committee links freshman U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) to a convicted pedophile and murderer he represented as a defense attorney twenty years ago.

Cicilline, who served as the Mayor of Providence from 2003 to 2011, and was the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capital, is running for re-election in the newly redrawn 1st district.

David Cicilline

In the television ad, which began runs this week, the narrator says, “What do a child molester, a murderer and a violent attacker all have in common? Defense attorney David Cicilline.”

The ad is designed to boost the chances of Republican challenger Brendan Doherty, the former head of the Rhode Island state police, following a similar attack that Doherty’s campaign launched last week that shows a photo of Cicilline on-screen alongside the words “rapists, pedophiles and murderers.”

The NRCC ad is “one of the harshest ads I’ve ever seen in Rhode Island politics,” said former Democratic congressman Bob Weygand.

He said defense attorneys don’t necessarily like their clients, but their job is to defend them, and that shouldn’t reflect on them personally.

The Associated Press reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called the ad “the worst kind of gutter politics,” while Cicilline Campaign Manager Eric Hyers said voters deserve a debate on the issues.

The Cicilline campaign put out an ad Wednesday focusing on the Republican ads and saying Doherty “doesn’t want to talk about his agenda.”

When asked about the fairness of an ad attacking an attorney for defending those charged with crimes, NRCC spokesman Nat Sillin criticized Cicilline for choosing to “fight for violent criminals” over victims.

“David Cicilline chose to represent convicted child molesters and murders. He chose to make a career out of doing that,” Sillin said.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. wtf

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:43pm
  2. wasnt a republican candidate just indicted on child molestation charges in that area of the country?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:44pm
  3. Rise above.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:44pm
  4. Arrest them…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:46pm
  5. John: we all know that doesn’t matter. All that matters is that the congressman loves men.

    It’s ridiculous

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:46pm
  6. I thought that was one of the founding principle of the US.. everyone gets a fair trial.. That does imply that some attorneys will have to defend people who commit the most heinous crimes…. Does not mean those attorneys endorse their clients behavior… this is typical of the republican party.. they espouse EVERYTHING that is wrong with the US AND humanity in general

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:46pm
  7. The Republican Party has no shame and no integrity and will stoop to anything to grab power. Period.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:49pm
  8. This is fucking sick.

    And by that I mean the tactics the GOP is using just to gain power.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:50pm
  9. The GOP is such a shameful party. Trying to disgrace a much liked and well respected man, disputable. It’s the GOP straight men that get caught in men’s room sex scandals

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:55pm
  10. What a fucking joke.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:58pm
  11. Linked? He was a defense attorney! How is that linked? Such bullshit!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 8:00pm
  12. He was a defense attorney, doing his job. If I was ever accused of a crime, I would want a competent attorney, because I don’t have money.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 8:03pm
  13. How do these republicans live with themselves? The man was a defense attorney.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 8:48pm
  14. Fer Crissake; not that old canard.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:05pm
  15. I’m sure he’s defended plenty of innocent men and women who might have lost their freedom by mistake.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:32pm
  16. Completely shameful!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:34pm
  17. The bastard! I bet he’s linked to a flasher too. His plumber showed his ass crack!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:17pm
  18. O just stop all this hunt for bad guys so sad

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:20am