During a contentious televised debate last Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block said he would mold his administration after William Weld, the former Republican Massachusetts governor.
At the same debate, which was held at the Providence Performing Arts Center and broadcast by WPRI-Channel 12, , Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said he would follow the example of former Rhode Island Republican Gov. Lincoln Almond, who, like Weld, was a quintessential New England GOP moderate.
Now, on the eve of tomorrow’s primary, Fung’s campaign has announced that Weld has endorsed the Cranston mayor. ``Today I am formally endorsing Mayor Allan Fung for governor of Rhode Island because he is the clear choice in this primary,’’ Weld said in a statement released by the Fung campaign.
``While the other candidates for governor talk about reforming government, Mayor Fung has actually done it. He’s reformed the pension system saving the taxpayers of Cranston over $6 million this year alone. He has moved two major unions into 401(k) plans and has helped create over 1,000 private sector jobs in Cranston. I know the mayor will shake up the RI Statehouse just like I did in Massachusetts,’’ said Weld.