The Infuriating Case of Robert Healey

By Justin Haskins, Providence Journal,

When the election results for Rhode Island’s latest contentious gubernatorial race streamed in on Nov. 4, many throughout the state were shocked to see Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey attain 22 percent of the vote in a race where Democrat Gina Raimondo beat Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung with only 40 percent of the vote.

Healey’s 2014 showing doomed any hope Fung had of capturing the governor’s seat, and major publications across the nation ran one story after another in the wake of the election to discuss how remarkable it was that the obscenely-long-bearded Healey could garner so much support having spent only $36.29 on his campaign.

While Healey’s colorful personality and friendly demeanor may have been enough to win over one-fifth of Rhode Island voters, his decision to run ultimately was nothing more than a self-serving act in the pursuit of personal gain.

This isn’t the first time Healey has run for office and garnered massive support. Since founding the Cool Moose Party in 1994, Healey has run six campaigns, winning 39 percent of the vote in his 2010 bid for lieutenant governor — a campaign in which Healey’s central promise was to eliminate the office completely. …

[Published by the Providence Journal, read more here]

Justin Haskins

Justin Haskins is a pro-liberty writer, editor, research fellow, and the editor-in-chief of the New Revere Daily Press. Haskins has been published hundreds of times in major digital and print publications, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Forbes,, Newsweek, and National Review, among many others. His writing has also been featured or discussed by the White House, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Glenn Beck Radio Program, the Fox News Channel, The New York Times, The Heritage Foundation, Drudge Report, and Newsmax, which named Haskins one of "Top 30 Republicans Under 30" in 2017. He lives in North Carolina and New England with his wife, Dr. Jacquelyn, and his dog Roxy. Follow him on Twitter @JustinTHaskins.
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