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Gorman Campaign Responds to Raptakis' Hypocrisy

Raptakis’ 66 late penalty payments total $5,845.87.


The following was submitted in response to Raptakis - Response to Dave Gorman:

(Coventry, 7/26/12) The Gorman for Senate campaign issued the following statement today after State Senate candidate Leonidas Raptakis personally attacked Gorman in a recent press release.

“Dave Gorman is proud of his public service and proud to be a small business owner. Just like hundreds of other small business owners, Dave has found himself in a disagreement with a government agency over a tax assessment. There is a process by which these issues are reviewed, and Dave respects that process. Once the matter is amicably settled, the company will make all appropriate payments,” said Gorman campaign manager Bill Hall.

“At a time when people are hurting and worried about the economy, it’s disappointing that Raptakis chose to begin his campaign with a personal attack instead of focusing on creating jobs.  It’s no wonder the voters resoundingly rejected his brand of politics in 2010,” Hall said.

Gorman is the endorsed Democratic in Senate District 33, which includes the Towns of Coventry, West Greenwich and East Greenwich.

Hall also questioned Raptakis’ credibility on taxes, since according to the tax offices of the Town of Coventry and the Central Coventry Fire District, Raptakis and his business, , have a long history of unpaid taxes. From 1993 to 2006, Raptakis racked up $2,048.81 in penalties for failure to pay his town taxes.

His tax record with the Central Coventry Fire District is even more disturbing.  In the past six years, Raptakis racked up late penalties totaling $3,797.05.

“Lou Raptakis has a 19-year record of ducking taxes that would make Mitt Romney jealous. You would think someone with a blatant tax delinquency rap sheet like his would be embarrassed to throw stones from a glass house.”

“The bottom line is: For years, Lou Raptakis failed to pay his taxes on time, period.  For 4 of the past 6 years, his fire tax was 2 years late, every year.”

Hall went on to say; “There is no place for the dirty campaign tactics that Raptakis employs every time he runs for office. It reeks of someone who will do and say whatever he has to in order to regain his seat in the General Assembly. Voters are looking for new ideas and change; not a 20-year State House insider who helped create one of the worst economies in Rhode Island’s history.”

coventry voter-Jay July 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Some would say Bill Hall put the "DIRTY" in dirty politics. Maybe the former candidate from Arizona will comment on that. I would dissagree of course. Fun to watch though
coventry voter-Jay July 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Still waiting for a response from Dave or now Bill to the question of pay. Will we have to pay him from the district and pay a replacement for his shift if Dave wins the election, and the session falls on a work night? It's a very simple question guys, how about some of that honesty and transparency youboth say you support in campaigning
In41time July 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Questioning a candidate's tax payment record is not 'dirty' politics nor is it a 'personal attack'. What it is is something I as a voter want to know about before Istep into the voting booth and will be a significant consideration as to who I vote for. Afterall, I'm under the impression that taxes are to be paid and paid on time.
coventry voter-Jay July 29, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Is hypocrisy saying tax records in dispute are not relevant then pointing out the other guys record as a "His is worse than mine"defense? Still waiting on pay question Bill and Dave. . While we are waiting for truth and honesty from these two, Maybe casting a vote for Shibley will better serve the people. After all thats what its all about. Serving the will of the people not the unions and not cheating on your taxes. . My question of pay remains. Maybe Dave and Bill can deflect this question away also by pointing out how many members up there are on the clock while serving . So that makes it okay?????
Nick T May 27, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Gorman, you are a bum !!!!


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