Doug Gablinske is a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. A Democrat, Gablinske lost in the primaries to a challenger supported by organized labor, then launched an unsuccessful write-in campaign to retain his seat.
“Doug Gablinski” is someone pretending to be Doug Gablinske. He sent e-mails during the campaign that made misrepresentations about Gablinske’s political stances.
A police investigation determined “Doug Gablinski” was really NEA Rhode Island assistant executive director John Leidecker. He was arrested and charged with “use of false information” under the state computer crimes act.
“The NEA is really organized crime and [to] resort to these types of tactics during campaigns – they should be embarrassed, ashamed,” Gablinske said. “People on the outside have no idea the types of tactics used by unions during the campaigns and I don’t think the membership does either. They should be asking questions.”
“We have no firsthand knowledge of the charges,” said NEA Rhode Island executive director Robert Walsh. “However, given the involvement of Rep. Doug Gablinske in this matter, we are suspicious about the motivation for this action. At this point, we are waiting until our attorneys sort things out.”