Avedisian, Fung + Doherty staying in touch in advance of 2014

Jan 10, 2013

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and 2012 CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty are keeping their lines of communication open as the three Republicans consider their possible moves for 2014.

"We've all been trying to make sure that we're staying in contact with one another, so that we're not all stepping on one another's toes as we move forward," Avedisian said Thursday morning during a taping of RIPR's Political Roundtable. (The show will air Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am.)

"I would not rule anything out," Avedisian said in responding to questions about 2014.

The well-liked mayor has served as Warwick's chief executive for about 14 years and was inaugurated this week to another term.

Avedisian, a close friend and political ally of Governor Lincoln Chafee, could conceivably make a run for lieutenant governor in 2014, offering a Republican counterpoint to such expected Democrats as Ralph Mollis and Dan McKee. Another close Avedisian pal, Elizabeth Roberts, will no longer be an obstacle, since she'll be termed out.

But what of the view -- expressed not long ago by John Loughlin -- that Avedisian would have a hard time in a Republican primary?

"I think you will see that Mayor Fung, Brendan Doherty and I will all be talking about what we're all going to do together, and I think you'll have a unified group of people going forward and looking at the best possible candidates for the party, regardless of whether they're moderate, liberal or conservative voices."

Avedisian says he isn't aware of any definitive plans for a run by Doherty, who says he's considering a GOP gubernatorial campaign in 2014. Fung is considered a quite likely gubernatorial candidate.