Cianci Not Ruling Out a Run for Mayor in 2014

Jun 21, 2013

In contrast to a New York Times interview suggesting he doesn't plan on pursuing a comeback, Providence political legend Vincent A. Cianci Jr. says he hasn't ruled out a run for mayor next year.

"You never say never," Cianci said Friday afternoon, adding that he may not reveal his plans until the candidate filing deadline in June 2014. "That's when you'll know," he said.

Here's part of what Cianci told the Times in an interview set for print publication this weekend:

I enjoyed being mayor, but talk radio and television give me a lot of exposure, and I can do things on my own terms. People once in a while will say: “We need you back. Will you run again?” My usual answer is, “Why would you wish that on me?”

When interviewer Andrew Goldman presses Cianci about how much he loved being mayor, Buddy responds:

I did it for 21 years. Most people retire after 20, don’t they?

Providence has changed considerably since Cianci left the mayor's office in 2002. Although he remains well-known as a WPRO talk-show host, he would likely need a large field of candidates to bolster his chances.

Elsewhere in the interview, Cianci maintains his innocence (he was convicted in 2002 of a single count of racketeering conspiracy), describes reading almost 500 books while in prison, and rebuts some of the most scandalous elements of his bio.

Republican Daniel Harrop recently announced his latest campaign for mayor.

For now, City Council president Michael Solomon and Central Falls educator Victor Capellan appear the most serious about trying to succeed expected gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras. Besides Solomon and Capellan, the other possible Democratic hopefuls include:

-- Lobbyist Brett Smiley;

-- Businessman Lorne Adrain;

-- Three-time gubernatorial candidate Myrth York;

-- House Speaker Gordon Fox;

-- Housing Court Judge and RWU Law School professor Jorge Elorza;

-- Ward 15 City Councilor Sabina Matos;

-- Education activist Maryellen Butke;

-- State Representative and former longtime City Councilor John Lombardi;

-- Meeting Street CEO and former state rep candidate John Kelly.

This post has been updated.