Rhode Island Republican Party Withdraws Endorsement for Allen Waters

Today the Executive Committee of the Rhode Island Republican Party met and voted to pull the party’s endorsement of candidate Allen Waters for United States Senate. The meeting was called to review Mr. Waters’ endorsement, after reports surfaced that Mr. Waters had been involved in a domestic disturbance in March 2019. This decision overturns the vote by the State Central Committee on June 8, 2020.

Rhode Island GOP Chairwoman Sue Cienki commented: “Due to the restrictions on in-person gatherings instituted by the Governor, we were forced to have our June convention on Zoom. This eliminated a lot of the conversation amongst our committee members that would normally take place in person. Specifically, the fact that the nominating committee had not recommended endorsement.

Cienki continued: ”I and other members of the Executive Committee heard from many in our party who were concerned about Mr. Waters after the reports came out. Due to this, it was decided to gather the Executive Committee and review the endorsement of Mr. Waters.”

Cienki concluded: “If Mr. Waters does gather the required signatures, he can continue his campaign and run as a Republican, though it will be without the endorsement or support of the Rhode Island Republican Party.”


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