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Could Cianci try another comeback?

September 23, 2012

Could this really be happening or is it a trope straight out of the Groundhog Day movie? Talk that Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci may run again for mayor in  2014 is coursing through City Hall and sending shivers through some in Providence’s political hierarchy.

It would be preposterous to think that Cianci, convicted a decade ago of running the city as a criminal enterprise, could win a two-way race. And there is no way he could defeat Democratic Mayor Angel Taveras.

But should Taveras leave to run for governor and the seat opens, Cianci, associates say, would be tempted to run if it were a multi-candidate election where he could sneak in with 30 some percent of the vote. For those with short memories, this is how he made arguably the greatest comeback in modern RI electoral history when he won a three-way joust against Fred Lippitt and Andrew Annaldo in 1990 by capturing a bit more than a third of the vote.

Cianci would have to give up his lucrative television and talk show deals to run and the mayoralty would be a pay cut from what he is hauling in now. When asked about the prospects last week, Cicncia said in an email only that he loves what he is doing now but to “stay tuned.’’

There is a very good chance that talk of Cianci getting back into politics is a talk show ruse, useful to help Cianci with ratings and creating buzz about his show on WPRO. He has been known to play this card in the past and it is likely that this is nothing but a rumor. Yet, it has happened before. History doesn’t repeat itself but it does rhyme…

6 Comments leave one →
  1. J. Ferreira permalink
    September 24, 2012 12:58 pm

    Scott McKay writes: “Cianci would have to give up his lucrative television and talk show deals to run and the mayoralty would be a pay cut from what he is hauling in now.” Seriously, does anyone who remembers previous Cianci administrations think he’d take a pay cut to be mayor? He’d just find a way to redirect public funds directly into his own pocket just as he’s done in the past. Heck, given the gullibility of too many voters, especially in the Federal Hill and South Providence voting districts, he’d probably wind up with a huge pay increase by becoming mayor, regardless of the legality of the income source…

  2. Barry permalink
    September 24, 2012 2:23 pm

    I think the city has moved on and most regard Cianci if they think of hi at all as ancient history with no appeal. I believe this is just a publicity stunt by his “associates” to try to get people to pay attention to a has-been.

    • Jerry lapierre permalink
      September 24, 2012 8:35 pm

      Be careful for what you wish for. But people here are dumb enough to vote for a convicted felon

      • Mister Guy permalink
        September 25, 2012 12:00 am

        Don’t Providence municipal regulations prohibit a convicted felon from holding public office??


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