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Caprio embraces deal with 38 Studios

July 28, 2010

Democrat Frank Caprio is alone among the major gubernatorial candidates in offering unqualified support for the state Economic Development Corporation’s decision to extend a $75 million loan guarantee to Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios. Caprio’s campaign was more cautious before Monday’s vote, but he told me the following yesterday:

I’m optimistic about it. The [EDC] board knew more than anybody. They voted almost unanimously for it. So now in my role as a candidate and future governor, I’m going to be a cheerleader for it . . . Let’s do everything in a top-shelf fashion, and let’s put the wind at the back of 38 Studios., and let’s make sure it’s a success.

I understand the fact that this is an emerging industry that’s got to keep on growing by leaps and bounds.  In my household, we have a young student [his son, Frank Jr.] who likes to play the video games as well [do] all his friends, so it’s a whole different world out there, and if this can create a cluster of industries here in Rhode Island, I’m willing to take a chance on it.

Web-based critics like Matt Jerzyk and Dan McGowan have sharply criticized the EDC’s vote in favor of 38 Studios.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee and Moderate Ken Block have also been outspoken in their opposition, while Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt shared more muted concerns.

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