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Reverend in Dist. 26 Race gets NOW, Planned Parenthood Endorsements

Gene Dyszlewski, a progressive Democrat, is also a pastor at United Church of Christ in Cranston.

Rev. Gene Dyszlewski has gotten the endorsement of two of the state's progressive groups, his campaign announced today.

Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island announced that it is supporting Dyszlewski on July 31 and the state chapter of the National Organization for Women gave him their endorsement on Aug. 1.

"Women’s issues have become a prominent concern because some state legislatures are foolishly attempting to erode women’s health care choices," Dyszlewski said in a release. "We already trust women to make 80 percent of the health care decisions for their families. We already trust women to be the major care giver when a child falls ill. In fact, we trust women to be the major care giver when any family member falls ill. So, we certainly should trust women with medical decisions over their own bodies."

Dyszlewski is a minister at United Church of Christ in Cranston. He is running as a Democrat and will be vying for the Democratic nomination for the seat on the Sept. 11 primary, squaring off against , who is hoping to make a leap into the Senate. The winner of the primary , a Republican who announced his candidacy way back in March and narrowly lost to Sen. Beatrice Lanzi for the Dist. 26 seat in 2010. 

From his release:

“The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.” Eleanor Roosevelt 

Rev. Dyszlewski, a United Church of Christ minister from Cranston, is a progressive and a feminist who supports pay equity, economic opportunity, access to women’s health care and family planning, reproductive freedom, and policies that benefit working families. He is a member of the Rhode Island chapter of NOW, a member of Clergy for Reproductive Choice, and a past board member of Marriage Equality Rhode Island. He is also a founding board member of the Riverside Family Center, which has combined arts education and affordable after-school child care for 10 years.  He also currently serves on the board of We Share Hope, Inc. a food rescue and distribution project serving food pantries. 

The Rev. Gene Dyszlewski, of Phenix Avenue in Cranston, is a Democratic candidate for the Rhode Island Senate in District 26. To learn more about Rev. Dyszlewski and his campaign, visit www.JustCallMeGene.com.

Joe The Plumber August 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Two more of the special interest groups that the Rev. will be beholden to if he gets elected. I say we have had enough of State Representatives catering to their special interests which support a candidate and then own their votes once elected. Sorry Rev. this does not look good for you.
Joe The Plumber August 09, 2012 at 12:46 AM
NOW membership represents 0.2% of the voting age population in the United States and now they will have another State Representative in their pocket representing their extreme minority agenda. Which begs the question, is anyone running for office who will represent the other 99.8% of us normal everyday working stiffs?
Joe The Plumber August 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Planned Parenthood nationwide identified supporters represent 0.1% of the voting age population in the United States and if the Reverend is elected they will own his vote. So who is running for office that will represent the other 99.9% of us normal people and the more than 500,000 babies they terminated last year? Reverend......... you're kidding right?
Educated Citizen August 09, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Joe the "Plumper" loves the sound of his own voice, he's a chronic complainer who is short sighted and myopic!
Joe The Plumber August 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Short sighted? The likes of this type of politician in our State House and Council Chambers has resulted in this state and many of its cities and towns being on the brink of bankruptcy and a government so corrupted that an elected official is going to jail on a monthly basis. What is short sighted is that people like you continue the same cycle of madness by electing candidates tied to special interests just so you can reap the special favors of these politicians. Look it doesn't matter what the special interests are, unions, Planned Parenthood, Software Companies, law firms, insurance companies, etc. These kind of political endorsements traded for votes is still corruption and until it stops, Rhode Island is destined for financial and moral failure. For an "Educated Citizen" you're pretty dumb.
Coleen yaroshenko August 09, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Joe the plumber I assume is a male. I'm using the word male and not " man" because a real man would be secure enough with his masculinity to not perpetuate the continuous assault on women's rights pushed by the religious right. My point is that as a male you have no juricediction over any woman's body or what she chooses to do with it . That would be like me supporting a law reguarding prostate exams. So joe the plumber , while you are entitled to an opinion it doesnt make you right. I am glad that we have some politicians willing to be a voice for what is right. I am proud that I am in district 26. By the way joe, they are not "special interests", they are "MY interests"
Coleen yaroshenko August 09, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Also, joe the plumber, please don't bother to respond. I have no interest in a back and forth conversation. You are clearly a small minded , paranoid and sad person who spends more time complaining than actually doing something to make a positive change. I pity you. Get off the Internet and go get a hug. You really need it.
Joe The Plumber August 10, 2012 at 02:08 AM
So then you are in favor of the status quo in Rhode Island politics as long as you get what you want and "YOUR minority interests" well served. Well that is a new and refreshing viewpoint in Rhode Island politics. And name calling is not very lady like Colon.
Joe The Plumber August 10, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Well little lady, now that you mention it I do like hugs.
Joe The Plumber August 10, 2012 at 02:12 AM
By the way, your assumption that I am a male just because I am a plumber is sexist and very prejudicial.
Coleen yaroshenko August 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Minority?according the last census women make up 51.1 % of the population in Cranston. 50.8% in the USA . Colon indeed. That's exactly what I was thinking.
Coleen yaroshenko August 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM
As far as me being presumptive or sexist, use your real name and do not hide behind a fake one. To be clear I assumed you were a man because you referred to an organization for women's issues as a special interest group. While I agree women are special, we make up half the population. Your statistics are a little off my friend.
Joe The Plumber August 10, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Your assumption that a woman can take issue with the views of NOW or Planned Parenthood is also predjudicial, sexist, and offensive. NOW is to the general population of women as Black Panthers is to the general population of blacks. They are both a very small minority of the general population and both present a militeant view not necessarily accepted by the general population. Which accounts for their relatively small memberships. Okay so let's use your statistics. According to those same census results you make reference to, NOW membership is 500,000 according to their website. Female population in the U.S.is158,288,694. That means that NOW membership is 0.3% of the female population in the U.S. That is not only a minority of females, it is an extremely small minority. And to say that that this very small minority will formulate the decision making of an political candidate on issues relating to the female population means that that this candidate is representing a very small militant segent of the female population.
Joe The Plumber August 10, 2012 at 03:44 PM
What you do not get is that it does not matter to me if this "special interest" issue relates to women's organizations, or unions, or software companies like 38 Studios, or organized crime. The fact is that it is wrong for any elected official to cater to the needs of special interests like "Planned Parenthood Votes" that mobilize their member to vote for them in return for special favors. That is wrong, immoral and unjust. That is how our state got into the mess that we are in and it is why people outside of this state view our government as corrupted. And it is because people like yourself actually rationalize that it is okay as long as it helps your interests or your organization's interest.
Coleen yaroshenko August 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
You do not have to belong to NOW to support the issues that they they fight for. I am not a member ( but I may become one after all of this seems they need more people to know who they are.) if you or anyone were to visit their websight you would see the" militant" views that NOW Stands for . ( for those who want to know , NOW , National Organization for Women - sounds scary) things like ecominc equality, stopping violence against women , ending sexual discrimination , promoting diversity and ending racism oh and supporting the Girl Scouts. Hmmm I can see where you would confuse them with the black panthers groups of the 70's. Perhaps they should change their name to the "pink panthers". As far as planned parenthood is concerned, they provide needed health care services to women across the country. It is not a special interest group , it is a nonprofit organization. You can have an issue with anything you want . It's a free country. But you don't get a say . ( if your a male that is-we wouldn't know because you are too cowardly to use your own name. ) when you grow some girl parts, THEN you can have a say and not just an opinion.
Coleen yaroshenko August 10, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Joe , for the post in which you referred to me as a"colon", here's an anatomy lesson for you. You , I think, ment to say "anus" ( -takes one to know one) the colon is what your head is stuck up.
Joe The Plumber August 11, 2012 at 02:30 AM
So Coleen, now that you have that out of your system, let's see if you can actually formulate an answer by stringing together a couple of sentences a tad more complex than this simple tirade. Maybe you didn't quite understand my point so I will make it simple for you. Do you really believe that it is okay for candidates to be bribed with the promise of votes from a group expecting favors once he/she is elected?

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