To the Editor:
I read the article, “Incumbent Calkin fails to get Dem endorsement,” with interest. Senator Calkin is my senator, and I’m very curious about the endorsement process and the reasons she was not endorsed by the Senate District Committee chaired by Rob Baxter. In the spirit of open and transparent government, I hope Rob will respond to this query, because I have been speaking to a lot of Warwick residents who are equally curious about how the system works.
I did a bit of research on Calkin’s record, to see if I could determine any specific reason that an incumbent Senator would not be endorsed by her own party after being in office for two years. I discovered that Calkin sponsored or co-sponsored over 100 bills in the past two years and had an almost perfect attendance record when the General Assembly was in session, missing two days due to illness in 2018 and missing no days in 2017. I glanced at her Facebook page and noticed that she seems to communicate regularly with constituents, posting links to bills, stating her position, asking for public input. Since politicians work for us, I’m always happy when they take seriously their mandate to keep us informed.
I hope we can find out why our local Senate District Committee chose to endorse a male challenger to Calkin. I sincerely hope the endorsement wasn’t made because Calkin is a woman. I have been hearing that the Democratic Party in Rhode Island has chosen not to endorse several other women as well. Hopefully, here in Warwick, there is a much more reasonable answer. We are waiting to hear it.