John J.R. Pagliarini cleared of unemployment benefit flap
J.R. Pagliarini, who is now Mayor Angel Taveras’ chief of staff, has been cleared by the state Department of Labor and Training of campaign-season charges that he was drawing state unemployment benefits while he was on Lincoln Chafee’s campaign staff.
The dust-up led Pagliarini to leave the Chafee campaign in October, just weeks before the election won by Chafee. In a letter released today by Pagliarini, The DLT concluded after an investigation, that due a “clerical error’’ Pagliarini was placed on Chafee’s campaign payroll when he actually wasn’t collecting a paycheck.
There was never much to the allegations, which were probably fanned by the campaign of Democrat Frank Caprio. Pagliarini is a veteran political operative who isn’t careless enough to put himself in a compromising position for a few hundred dollars. The flap was originally reported by WJAR Channel 10.