Anthony Gemma's file:
Gemma

Democrat from Rhode Island

Anthony Gemma is the former president and CEO of Gem Plumbing who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the 1st District in 2010 and in 2012. He headed up his family's company from 2001 to 2008 when he left to start Mediapeel, a marketing firm. Gemma is also the co-founder and president of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

Recent statements involving Anthony Gemma

Providence has "amongst the highest tax rate(s) in the entire country."

U.S. military uniforms are manufactured in China.

Says that as Providence’s mayor, David Cicilline said the city had a "world-class … school system. Not only did Providence not have a world-class school system but as measured, was amongst the last school system in the entire country."

"In 2010, Mr. [Anthony] Gemma described himself as a 'pro-life' candidate. Now, he claims to be pro-choice."

"Bill Lynch told three lies in ten seconds"

Recent stories featuring Anthony Gemma

PolitiFact Rhode Island's Top 10 for 2012:

Over the last 12 months, PolitiFact Rhode Island issued 117 Truth-O-Meter rulings, on claims ranging from Obamacare to school prayer to foreign aid.

All had some Rhode Island connection, but many of the most-read items -- based on traffic on our PolitiFact Rhode Island website -- focused on issues far beyond the state’s borders.

Thanks to the reach of the Internet, many have remained popular long after publication, in part because PolitiFact, with affiliates in 11 states, has become a go-to reference for people seeking to separate fact from fiction.

So as a farewell to the year, we thought we’d share with you the PolitiFact Rhode Island Top Ten Most Widely Read rulings for 2012:

Checking the Truth-O-Meter readings for Cicilline, Gemma:

The first major debate of Rhode Island's 2012 election season takes place Tuesday night at Rhode Island College as Democrats David Cicilline, the incumbent from the 1st Congressional District, and Anthony Gemma, the businessman making his second try for the seat, go head to head in an event co-sponsored by WPRI-TV and The Providence Journal.

The PolitiFact Rhode Island team decided to use the occasion to revisit how the two candidates have scored on the Truth-O-Meter.

Gemma says he's more 'linked' than Obama:

Like most political candidates these days, Democrat Anthony Gemma is using new media outlets, from Facebook to Twitter, to get his message out and keep in touch with voters. In fact, Gemma says he is making his web expertise a key part of his strategy in running for Congress in Rhode Island"s 1st Congressional District.

One of Gemma's claims in particular, about topping President Obama on LinkedIn, a networking site, caught our attention. So we took a closer look.

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