Cariceri in 2012?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione is touting two GOP members as possible challengers to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in 2012.

Cicione told the Washington publication Roll Call that he may challenge Whitehouse if other candidates don't come forward. But Cicione says he'd prefer that other Republicans, like Governor Carcieri or Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, represent the GOP.

"We got a couple very good prospects, I think, for the race, including the governor and Scott Avedisian, who I think would make an excellent candidate," Cicione says.

Carcieri spokeswoman Amy Kempe doesn't rule out the possibility of a Senate run by the governor. But Kempe says for now Carcieri is focused on finishing the next two months of his administration and then spending more time with his family.

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