Block Edging Closer to Gov Announcement, As a Republican?

Oct 26, 2013

It looks increasingly likely that Moderate Party founder Ken Block will make his second run for governor as a Republican.

In a suggestion that he's leaning toward becoming a Republican, Block is downplaying early GOP support for Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

"Early support, it's sort of fleeting," says Block. He says he's decided on the party affiliation he'll use in making his second run for governor, but declined to specify it in advance of an upcoming announcement "soon."

Block founded the Moderate Party of Rhode Island with the stated goal of bringing more pragmatic centrism to Rhode Island politics. Running as a Moderate, he placed fourth in the 2010 race for governor, attracting 6.5 percent percent of the vote.

Fung has slated an announcement for November 4. He is widely expected to run for governor and has proven popular in Cranston.

In an apparent shot across the bow at Block -- who previously said he was considering running as a Republican -- Fung unveiled an exploratory committee composed of prominent Republicans in September.

Block says based on his experience in 2010, "early support doesn't mean all that much, in my estimation."

While running as a third-party candidate is challenging, to say the least, Block would also face accusations of being a Johnny-Come-Lately if he goes Republican.

At the end of the second fundraising quarter, Block had roughly $74,000 in his campaign account, compared with the $257,000 in Fung's war chest.