Another One Bites The Dust — House District 13 Back In Play
It’s like somebody opened a window! Following the determination of the Providence Board of Canvassers that Rep. John Carnevale does not live at the Barbara Street address as claimed, the good people of House District 13 will no longer have to deal with this lying idiot who clearly did not want them as neighbors. Read Karen Ziner’s piece in the ProJo, “Carnavale withdraws from reelection bid.”
Big thanks to Tim White and the Channel 12 news team for pursuing this case. Seems likely that this story involved an awful lot of sitting in cars and staring at houses, and it serves to remind us of the importance of the press in a democracy.
Also huge thanks to Lt. Fernandes of the PPD and Commissioner Paré for pursuing this!
The board was also swayed by Providence police Lt. Richard Fernandes’ testimony that Carnevale had called him on July 11 — two days before Carnevale was scheduled to testify at the first hearing — asking to be ticketed for parking illegally overnight in front of 150 Barbara St. (He was not ticketed).
Fernandes reported the incident to a superior, who notified Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré. Paré said he passed the information to state police because of the criminal investigation. Both men said they believed Carnevale was trying to use the requested violation as validation that he lived on Barbara Street.
I am guessing that these two public servants applied significant pressure to Mayor Elorza to get their testimony heard. Board of Canvassers chairwoman, Claire Haugen, had initially said she would not be allowing them to testify. I’m not sure what her motivation was, but we do know that Carnevale was a “host” of Elorza’s most recent fundraiser. GOP Chairman Brandon Bell, who was inspired to challenge Carnevale’s residency following the WPRI report, was sure to make hay out this. And there was a public outcry. Whether Elorza was doing the right thing, or the politically expedient thing, we may never know, but Haugen reversed course. (And we are reminded of why a healthy two-party system is a good thing.)
I would love to have some follow-up on Chairwoman Haugen and her mystifying decision-making process. Sad to say that Carnevale is a former police officer (our careers thankfully did not overlap) and with a disability pension from the City of Providence. So what exactly is the nature of Carnevale’s disability? Oh that’s right . . . allergies.
ProJo Editorial (7.30.16) with photograph of what appears to be an angry big toe.