Mayoral Debate

(9.30) Channel 12 Eyewitness News and The Providence Journal are hosting a series of mayoral debates — watch live at Channel 11 Fox or at WPRI.com. Tonight’s debate takes place at RIC and will be moderated by Target 12 investigator Tim White, WPRI.com reporter Ted Nesi, and Providence Journal political columnist Ed Fitzpatrick. (Read Fitzpatrick’s column today — how did Cianci know that guy was from Nebraska?!)

Also, yesterday’s paper ran an excellent letter from a Nancy Green.

“Vincent A. Cianci Jr. vowed yesterday to prove the skeptics and his critics wrong and make ‘honesty and governmental integrity’ the hallmarks of his administration.”

He said: “But let me assert today that my vindication will not be in my electoral victory. It will be achieved only by my commendable performance as your chief executive.”

. . . This is not today’s news. These quotes are from The Providence Journal, Jan. 8, 1991, as Vincent Cianci began his second life as mayor of Providence — a decade that ended with millions of our taxpayer dollars leaked away in corruption, crimes in City Hall and Mayor Cianci convicted of his second felony.

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