Providence – The field of candidates for governor in 2002 became clearer Wednesday, as Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty announced he would not run. Instead, Fogarty plans to seek re-election as lieutenant governor.
Fogarty said he made the decision based on financial calculations. He said his fundraising has been on pace and that he has received encouraging poll data. Fogarty noted though that two potential candidates, Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse and former State Senator Myrth York have considerable personal wealth.
?In the race for governor, it?s critical to have the full resources to get your message out to the people. While our fundraising efforts have been extremely successful, we would in all likelihood be significantly outspent in a divisive primary by other well known officials,? said Fogarty.
Three other democrats who've expressed some interest in running for governor. They are Whitehouse, York and State Representative Antonio Pires. None have declared their candidacies yet. Fogarty would not say whether he would endorse another candidate. He said he hopes to have increased responsibilities as lieutenant governor, if a Democrat wins election.
Fogarty acknowledged that Whitehouse could be the chief beneficiary of his decions. ?A majority of my supporters in a three way race without me in the race go to Attorney General Whitehouse,? he said.
Fogarty indicated other Democrats had encouraged him to bow out of the race to avoid a divisive primary. He denied making any deals about future appointments or support.