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Rep. Patrick O’Neill leaves Fox’s leadership lineup

October 4, 2012

It appears there is dissension in the already diminished team of House Speaker Gordon Fox, D_Providence. House Whip Patrick O’Neill, a Pawtucket Democrat who represents a district anchored by the Oak Hill neighborhood, has resigned his post.

“I wish Rep. O’Neill well and appreciate his contributions to our leadership team,’’ Fox said in a statement. “I spoke with the other leadership members and we are united and moving forward.’’

O’Neill told the Providence Journal that he had “philosophical” differences with Fox on the way the House is run. O’Neill also pointed to what he believes was a lack of information available to members before a vote was scheduled on the ill-fated 38 Studios- Curt Schilling video game that now has taxpayers on the hook for as much as $100 million.

O’Neill, a lawyer, has no general election opponent, but he survived a fairly close primary challenge from a lackluster opponent. His resignation leaves three vacancies on Fox’s leadership lineup. Deputy House Speaker John McCauley did not run for reelection. (He recently entered a guilty plea to federal tax evasion charges). And senior Deputy Majority Leader Peter Petrarca, D-Lincoln was defeated in his reelection bid in the September Democratic primary by Gregory Costantino.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Craig O'Connor permalink
    October 4, 2012 10:45 pm

    I don;t know much about Rep. O’Neil, but finally someone is calling Fox out on his deceptive maneuvers to get 38 Studios money passed. Unless I’m mistaken, it seems that Fox and Costantino pushed through a bill knowing that the RIEDC was going to give $75 million to the Shilling deal, but purposefully neglected to tell their colleagues that this was the likely outcome of the $75 million increase in funding for the RIEDC program. If I was a legislator, I’d be very upset to have been used like this by leadership.

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