Politico: 2014 may launch Gina Raimondo on the national stage

Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman report for Politico:

Prominent Democratic activists and women’s groups are determined to ensure the party fields a powerful female presidential candidate in 2016 ….

Privately, Democratic strategists acknowledge if [Hillary] Clinton chooses not run, the list of women who could plausibly run for president next time is relatively short. Several top Democrats mentioned Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York as potential candidates. Many liberal Democrats would like to see Warren run, but she has emphatically ruled out a campaign only a few years into her first Senate term.

What’s more, the 2014 cycle has the potential to vault more than a few Democratic women onto the national stage. National Democrats pointed to women attorneys general in California, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Illinois as potential breakout stars, as well as Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Without a doubt, this is a big achievement on Raimondo’s part: getting her name included in elite speculation about the future leaders of the national Democratic Party from a perch that often barely gets noticed here in Rhode Island, let alone across the country. That sort of talent (and luck) is the stuff that national careers are made of; there’s a reason somebody like Josh Brumberger, who was previously a John Edwards aide, is now working for Raimondo.

That said, newspaper archives are filled with the names of future political stars who never made it big, and Raimondo faces plenty of risks. “Huge Question,” Dante Ramos, The Boston Globe’s deputy editorial editor, tweeted in response, “Will pension reform go over well with national Dems?” And even before that there’s the question of whether it will go over well with Rhode Island Dems in next year’s gubernatorial primary.

Indeed, one of the oddest things about Raimondo’s political strategy is how little she’s done to shore up her left flank since pension reform passed. If the pension law was her Sister Souljah moment – a time when she broke with her party’s orthodoxy and established her independent credentials – it would behoove her to start balancing it with some moments that play up her affinity for Democratic and progressive priorities. So far she hasn’t done much of that (payday lending being an exception), though there’s still plenty of time.

• Related: Gina Raimondo’s campaign war chest passes $1 million mark (Nov. 1)

12 thoughts on “Politico: 2014 may launch Gina Raimondo on the national stage

  1. Welcome back!

    Interesting point about her “left flank” although I suspect that the non public employee union Democrats would support her pension reform stance because it ultimately protected social services, education funding and infrastructure investment.

    • Prove that statement.

      Because I haven’t seen one extra solitary dollar budgeted to social services, education or infrastructure.

      All I have seen is secretive dark money groups, fist pumping, and big contracts to private equity companies.

      I’ll believe it when I see it.

  2. Gina Raimondo is considering not running as a Democrat because she is not a Democrat and has very little chance of winning a Democratic Primary. Its no wonder her advisor was the advisor for John Edwards. He had about the same chance of being president as she has of being governor.

    • Here, here. Republicans like Gina Raimondo need to go.

      I don’t care if they call themselves Democrats.

      Brien called himself a Democrat. Baldelli Hunt calls herself a Democrat. Raimondo calls herself a Democrat.

      But they walk like Republicans, Talk like Republicans, and Smell like Republicans.

      The people of this state are not wholly stupid. Sooner or later they smell a wolf, even if it’s wearing wool.

  3. Raimondo is the only politician in the state that has the ability to get things done that are a benefit to all the citizens and not just the special interest, IE unions. Keep in mind we rank one of the worst states in the country in so many categories that we need to find and elect candidates like Raimondo to save us from the financial disaater we face. If you think RI is not in serious trouble, it is time to wake up. or just keep paying one the highest tax burdens in the country and accept the lackluster results.

    • Sounds like republican talking points. Or, should I say, sounds like Frank Caprio’s talking points. We all know how that worked out.

    • Why would you want her, you say we are one of the worst states in the country, and she is entering her third year as treasurer.

    • Yeah. Great honest Republicans like Buddy Cianci and Ed DiPrete and Don Carcieri did wonders for this state too, right?

      Get real.

  4. Josh Brumburger? Isn’t he the person Raimondo hired to fill a $135,000 taxpayer funded position she created after she was elected Treasurer. I think the title was Executive Director/Financial Empowerment. Sounds more like Executive Director/Political Empowerment……hers!

  5. If the courts rule her pension legislation illegal or there is a negotiated settlement her political capital will be ZERO.

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