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VIDEO: Congressional Candidate Vows to Stop Bridge Tolls

Brendan Doherty, candidate for the first Congressional District, discussed his views on the Sakonnet River Bridge toll at a morning press conference.

A plan to place tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge is nothing more than "a failure of leadership," said Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty

Doherty, who is running as a Republican candidate for the First Congressional District, held a news conference Thursday morning on the Tiverton side of the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

While surrounded from reporters from various media outlets, the Congressional candidate spoke about how  will harm the local economy. 

"It (bridge tolls) is an economic impediment. Those that live in Little Compton and Tiverton might think twice before getting their coffee at the or their groceries at , or traveling to beautiful downtown Bristol," Doherty said.

"This will hurt the small business owners on Aquidneck Island who depend on the ease and convenience of commerce to provide for their families. It is a failure of leadership." 

Doherty said, if elected, he would work toward three things: 

  • Changing the federal transportation formula; 
  • Establish a public/private infrastructure bank; 
  • Supplement the highway trust fund by leasing federal lands.

To view more from this morning's news conference, view the video above. 

What do you think about Doherty's plan? Do you think it will work? Tell us in the comment section below.

Jim L September 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I think it's the best thng thats happen so far, he also mentioned he would if needed hold the bridge under federal care longer till this can be taken care of, But the fight continues, sign a petition, write a letter, e-mail the govener and tell him fix it or your 1 term is up!!! progress is being made people, Mr Doherty just showing up proves that,,, NO TOLLS
Joe Sousa. September 07, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Doherty for Congress He can do better!
Gerry Jones September 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I'm surprised he knew where Portsmouth was.
Jim L September 08, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Well since he was in Tiverton to speak, and he was the head of the state police so he had to at one time served in the portsmouth barracks it doesn't surprise alot of us Gerry
Elizabeth Geary September 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Lack of leadership, hit it right on the nose..................Good for some one to speak for us. God bless Doherty. All of a sudden more politians are saying they said that, Ciccilini, Gemma, talk talk...........this man took action. I still think vote all incumbants out. But at least we made enough noise forsome one to listen. Doherty for congress, yes sir.............
Jim L September 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM
TV?TOLLS? If any business owner would like to appear on an ad for Mr Doherty about the bad effects of this toll please contact me at 401 624 9249, also got 1060 new signatures yesterday and 4 new places, total now is over 17,000.00 thousand and still growing, all you folks are just great, but keep signing thanks

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