We’ll get to vote for a Republican after all!
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Republican John Robitaille has entered the race for Rhode Island governor.
The senior aide to Gov. Don Carcieri created a campaign committee Monday that allows him to begin raising money for a run to succeed his boss.
Robitaille did not immediately return calls seeking comment after filing paperwork with the state Board of Elections.
He is the only GOP candidate in the race to succeed Carcieri, who must by law leave office after finishing his second term next year. Robitaille now works as the governor’s director of communications.
He narrowly lost a race to unseat Rep. Amy Rice, a Portsmouth Democrat, in 2006.
His filing came after former Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey reiterated Monday that he would not run as a Republican candidate for governor.