Cianci special guest at RI Republican Christmas Party
The Rhode Island Republican Party is celebrating Christmas with a former member of the GOP – ex-Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy’ Cianci.
Besides being one of Rhode Island’s most famous felons, Cianci was once a Republican. In 1974, then-Republican Cianci ran for mayor and smashed the Democratic Party’s tight grip on capital city politics by defeating incumbent Mayor Joseph Doorley. Cianci also ran a losing 1980 gubernatorial campaign as a Republican against Democrat J. Joseph Garrahy. Cianci later became an independent.
Cianci will be the “special guest’’ at the GOP’s annual Christmas Party, which will be held at Zooma Trattoria on Federal Hill at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. There will also be collections for Toys for Tots and the Rhode Island Food Bank.
The party is sponsored by the Rhode Island Young Republicans.