RI Political Diary: Fox News’ Magaziner Focus; McKee’s Poll Numbers

Thursday, April 28, 2022

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RI’s Political Diary, exclusively from GoLocal, gives you up-to-date insights into the 2022 election.

Fox News’s Magaziner Focus

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This week, Fox News focused on Democratic Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s bid for the Congressional seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Jim Langevin – as Republican Allan Fung “officially” kicked off his campaign this week.

Fox News wrote the following:

Local press revealed in 2019 via WikiLeaks that the Democrat candidate’s father, former Clinton adviser and “godfather of Clintonomics” Ira Magaziner, had ties to the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The elder Magaziner also helped bankroll his son’s general treasurer campaign, soliciting donations from powerful Clinton allies, including John Podesta, who was chairman for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign.

The younger Magazineer’s office blocked the outlet GoLocalProv after it reported on his dad’s name and email appearing in the deceased sex criminal’s infamous “black book.”

A year later in February 2020, Magaziner claimed to have no knowledge of his office icing out the local outlet and pointed the reporter to his “communications officer.”

Magaziner’s Father Linked to Jeffrey Epstein

McKee’s Numbers

“Most Governors Facing Re-Election This Year Are Quite Popular,” reported Morning Consult on Thursday.

The subheader? “Democrats in Rhode Island, Wisconsin and New Mexico have the weakest job approval ratings of governors up in 2022.”

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, according to their polling, currently has a 42% approval rating to 40% disapproval.

Tops in the rankings? Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker.

Potential 2024 GOP Presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis? He didn’t crack the top 20.

Morning Consult’s methodology, however, has come under fire by top political scientists in the past – including Jen Duffy with the Cook Political Report.

The poll only sampled 320 Rhode Islanders and had a margin of error of +/- 5%.

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