In a joust that broke little new ground, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung hammered away at each other tonight in a WPRI-Channel 12-Providence Journal televised debate that came a week before their September 9 Republican gubernatorial showdown.
Rhode Island’s 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate, John Robitaille, on Tuesday endorsed Ken Block, one of the two Republicans running for governor in the primary next Tuesday. The other Republican, Allan Fung, rolled out his own support from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
With the primary election just a week away, Republican Mitt Romney is throwing his support behind Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. Romney says Fung has a strong record of financial reform in Cranston.
Republican John Robitaille is expected to endorse businessman Ken Block for Governor in the upcoming primary. Robitaille ran for Governor in 2010, losing narrowly to then-independent Lincoln Chafee. Block also ran in that election, as a Moderate. Robitaille is scheduled to make his endorsement at the Statehouse later today.
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Republican gubernatorial candidates Ken Block and Allan Fung traded barbs Monday about which of them is the best choice for governor. It happened at new conference Block held near Cranston City Hall.
Block held his press conference inside a Cranston diner, about a block from City Hall, as a reminder of how Fung taped a jobs-related campaign ad in an Ohio diner. He criticized Fung for raising taxes early in his administration, and Block also rapped Fung for his oversight of Cranston’s police department.
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Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is criticizing the efficiency of the Department of Motor Vehicles, accusing the Chafee administration of failing to fix it. He says that in the past ten months the average wait time has tripled and lists several other statistics highlighting the system's inefficiency.
"In June, per the DMV's own numbers, Rhode Islanders waited in line for a grand total of 2.4 years. That's government dysfunction, that's government not doing the right thing by its residents."
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The Republican candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Ken Block and Allan Fung answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.
You can hear the program in its three segments here:
You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.
It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.