Burrillville Power Plant Opponent Plans To Announce Run For Governor

Oct 2, 2017

Paul Roselli, president of the Burrillville Land Trust, is expected to challenge Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo in a Democratic primary in 2018.

Roselli, who said he expects to formally announce his candidacy in the coming days, has been a strong advocate against building a power plant in Burrillville.

In a video online, he talks to a sock puppet version of Raimondo, who initially supported the proposed plant. The two discuss a visit to Woonsocket, which briefly considered selling water to cool the plant.

Roselli posted the video on his Facebook page, but it was shared more widely by a group calling itself “Gina Raimondo Must Go.”

In online comments, Roselli said he made the video as a joke for a friend’s daughter. He added it was not intended to insult Raimondo.