Andrew Annaldo, the longtime chairman of the powerful Providence Board of Licenses and a top Rhode Island political insider, plans to leave the board after it came under sharp criticism from city officials for its handling of the latest case involving an underage stripper at Cheaters Gentleman's Club.
In a telephone interview, Annaldo says the criticism of the board was "not at all" a factor for why he asked Providence Mayor Angel Taveras not to re-appoint him when his current term expires in January.
Republican candidate for governor Ken Block joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; why he became a Republican; the fate of the Moderate Party; his plan to save $1 billion over four years; and more.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has named Maryellen Goodwin, majority whip in the Rhode Island Senate and the chief clerk in the city's Department of Planning & Development, as his acting deputy chief of staff.
The news, relayed in a message to staffers, comes on the heels of plans for the departure of Arianne Lynch as deputy chief of staff and the exit of deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk.
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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race for governor; the fate of gun-related legislation in the General Assembly; the cancaled appearance at Brown University involving New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly, and other issues.
Although General Treasurer Gina Raimondo hasn't yet declared her expected Democratic campaign for governor, she continues to outpace Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in campaign fundraising.
During the third quarter that ended with the close of September, Raimondo raised about $412,000 (bringing her cash on hand to more than $2.3 million), while Taveras brought in $154,000 (bringing his war chest to $759,150.)
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has hired Danny Kedem, an operative who formerly led Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral bid, to run his Democratic gubernatorial campaign. Yet the more interesting news is the seeming precipitous departure of two key advisers to Taveras, deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk and deputy chief of staff Arianne Lynch.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is set to announce his Republican run for governor at 10 a.m. Monday at Taco, the Cranston-based manufacturer, according to campaign spokesman Patrick Sweeney. The campaign launch also includes a rally at 6 that evening at Chapel Grille at Sockanosset Crossroads.