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Rhode Island Tip Sheet: Carcieri’s self-image

December 30, 2010

STATE OF THE STATE: State law dictates that an official portrait of a departing governor be commissioned before he or she leaves office. Artist Harley Bartlett of Hope was chosen by Governor Carcieri and his wife, Sue, from among 79 applicants seeking to paint Carcieri’s image for posterity; his finished work will be unveiled at 5 pm today in the State Room at the State House. Bartlett, a landscape specialist, tells me that his effort includes some subtle motifs from Carcieri’s tenure. One such image is a small statue on the gubernatorial desk of a knight on a horse. On the surface, it refers to the Avengers, the scholastic mascot of the departing governor’s native East Greenwich. “But it also for the governor depicted, as he says, his Don Quixote-like fight with the General Assembly in the eight years he was in office,” Bartlett says.

SIZE MATTERS: Bartlett says he studied the size of the other gubernatorial portraits lining the State House walls to determine the best size for his image of Carcieri. The closest approximation by size? The official portrait of disgraced former governor Ed DiPrete.

KILMARTIN: The AG-elect plans to hire Brett Broesder as his policy director.

REPUBLICANS: State Republican chairman Giovanni Cicione guests this week on WRNI’s Political Roundtable, which airs every Friday at 5:40/7:40 am (and can be found online).

MUST-READ: The Fix’s 11 big questions for 2011.

NESI: Anchor Rising’s Justin Katz offers his advice to Governor-elect Chafee.

BIRTHDAY: Seth Klaiman.

Truncated Tip Sheet today due to a heavy workload. Tip Sheet will return January 3. Happy New Year!

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