Frank Caprio: "I was a teenage father."
The Providence Journal tells us about an interesting moment at a Rhode Island gubernatorial debate earlier this week: "I believe abortion should be safe, legal ...
The Providence Journal tells us about an interesting moment at a Rhode Island gubernatorial debate earlier this week:
"I believe abortion should be safe, legal and rare," said General Treasurer Frank T. Caprio, a Democrat who silenced the crowd of roughly 400 by sharing his personal story of dealing with an unplanned pregnancy while a high-school senior. "I was a teenage father."
In an unusual public moment among rivals, his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, praised Caprio for speaking up.
"That type of message is one kids need to hear," said Lynch, who is also pro-choice.
Caprio's paternity wasn't a secret -- the Journal had a long column on the subject in December. Politically, I wouldn't expect this detail of Caprio's biography to help or hurt his campaign. If anything, though, I think voters tend to like politicians who are willing to speak about their own human frailties.
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