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Paiva Weed: Ruggerio “has accepted responsibility”

April 3, 2012

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed remains unstinting in support of her majority leader, Dominick Ruggerio, after he today acknowledged refusing to take an alcohol-breath test during a traffic stop last week. She says this in a statement:

I would like to say that I am pleased to see that Senator Ruggerio has accepted responsibility for his actions. No one is above the law and everyone – including elected officials – should be respectful of individuals in the law enforcement community, particularly when they are doing their jobs.

According to the ProJo, Ruggerio must pay a $200 fine, perform 10 hours of community service, have his license suspended for six months and attend DWI school. The senator appeared before Traffic Court chief magistrate William Guglietta, who served as House legal counsel from 2003-2007.

Paiva Weed’s statement offered this comment about Senator Frank Ciccone, who reportedly threatened Barrington police during the incident:

Although there seems to be a difference of opinion on the details of that night, Senator Ciccone has expressed regret for his actions that evening as well.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew M permalink
    April 3, 2012 10:14 pm

    This is ludicrous. A two hundred dollar fine, 6 month license suspension, and 10 hours of community service is not a fitting punishment for driving so drunk that he couldn’t tell the middle of the Wampanoag Trail from the break down lane.

    However, I am most upset by the actions and words of Senate President Paiva Weed. He has accepted nothing by pleading no contest. I am not looking for a public flogging, but I am looking for him not to be coddled like a 4 year old that stole a cookie before dinner.

    This is not leadership, and is certainly not in the best interest of the citizens of Rhode Island.

  2. Mister Guy permalink
    April 4, 2012 8:56 pm

    Ole “Rubbers” Ruggerio gets away with being a bad boy once again…ugh…I’d be funny if it weren’t so sad…


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