Via Ian Donnis, relentlessly centrist Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt is the latest big media type to heap praise on Treasurer Gina Raimondo for shepherding through last year’s pension law:
At the Democratic convention in Charlotte last week, a delegate from Rhode Island walked up to Gina Raimondo and said, “You cost me $300,000.”
Raimondo, the state treasurer who had quarterbacked a major pension reform, steeled herself for abuse. Instead, the delegate, a retired schoolteacher and wife of another retired schoolteacher, thanked Raimondo and gave her a big hug.
“This system was going to blow up,” she said. “Thank God you fixed it.”
These days it sometimes seems that the only alternative to the paralysis that blocks entitlement reform in Washington is the kind of all-out war waged by Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. If you find both extremes depressing, the story of Gina Raimondo may cheer you — to a point.
Read the rest here. Hiatt gets a few thoughts out of the treasurer that we hear less often, such as why she pushed for a hybrid pension plan (“important to me as a Democrat, because retirement is about security”) and why Rhode Island needs to on faster economic growth. As Ian pointed out, though, Hiatt also flatly labels her “the most popular politician in Rhode Island” – a questionable assertion considering the high approval of Angel Taveras, her rival pension reformer.
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