Gina Raimondo

Dad - May 27, 2014

Gina Raimondo
May 27, 2014
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Campaign status: Won

RAIMONDO: My dad was always there. But this past Christmas he was having a rough time with his health, so every visit was special. Talking about his parents and old World War II stories and about Christmases when we were kids. On this afternoon, we didn't want the day to end, so we took a ride together to go see the factory in Providence where he worked for decades until they shipped all the jobs overseas. He was 56 then, but he didn't give up. We started all over again. I'll never forget how brave he was. It's what gave me the courage to keep going when Rhode Island's pension system had to be saved, no matter how hard it got. Now we have to rebuild Rhode Island and its manufacturing – and we will, because he taught me how important that is. Dad never gave up, and neither will we.