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Trillo calls other gubernatorial candidates ‘pansies’

“I'm truly a fighter. Everybody else in this race is a pansy. They're pansies. This state could never be cleaned up by a pansy. You need a fighter,” Joe Trillo told NBC 10 political reporter Bill Rappleye during a taping of 10 News Conference Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (WJAR) 

The Republican party in Rhode Island got quite a jolt this week, as former Rhode Island state Rep. Joe Trillio announced he’s running for governor – but as an independent.

But he said he has no regrets and said he believes his appeal is simple to describe.

“I'm truly a fighter. Everybody else in this race is a pansy. They're pansies. This state could never be cleaned up by a pansy. You need a fighter,” he told NBC 10 political reporter Bill Rappleye during a taping of 10 News Conference Friday.

Alan Fung and Patricia Morgan, who are the two announced Republicans in the race, along with Gov. Gina Raimondo, who is the incumbent Democrat, would argue with him.

But he's moving ahead with an independent candidacy.

“I really believe I want to shed party image, run as a populist,” Trillo said. “In Rhode Island, it's more important to do it than it would be in other states where there's a balance between Republicans and Democrats.”

Republicans stew that his defection will clear the way for a Raimondo repeat.

But NBC 10 political analyst Wendy Schiller believes independent is Trillo's best path.

“If you want to use that sincere, ‘I'm from Rhode Island, you know me. This is what I think. I tell it like it is’ style, you can do that more freely when you're not under a party label,” Schiller said.

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