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Providence ABC Affiliate Fires Ad Salesman for Taking Honorary Trump Chairmanship

October 24, 2019

The ABC television affiliate in Providence has fired a former Rhode Island state legislator who sold advertising for the station because she is joining President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign in the state as an unpaid volunteer.



Doreen Costa, a Republican who served as a Rhode Island state representative from 2011 to 2017, joined WLNE-TV Channel 6 in Providence in January 2019


“Costa asserted that WLNE was well aware of her political activities before it hired her in January, and her contacts in Republican circles were seen as an advantage for bringing in advertising revenue come political season,” The Providence Journal reported.

As a state representative, Costa got the Rhode Island House of Representatives to pass a resolution calling the evergreen trees put up at the Rhode Island State House for December “Christmas trees,” according to the Providence Journal.

 On Monday, October 21 she was named a campaign chairman for President Trump’s re-election campaign in Rhode Island, a state Trump has little chance of winning.


Hillary Clinton beat Trump in Rhode Island in 2016 by a margin of 54 to 39 percent. Since 1928 Rhode Island has voted for the Republican nominee for president only in 1952 and 1956 (for Dwight Eisenhower), 1972 (for Richard Nixon), and 1984 (for Ronald Reagan).