Politics
8:19 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Fung Hires Former Director of RI Republican Party

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has hired an experienced campaign operative as a consultant.  Fung is considered a likely Republican candidate for governor next year.

Patrick Sweeney is a former director of the Rhode Island Republican Party and he ran Barry Hinckley’s losing GOP challenge last year to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Sweeney started work as a consultant for Fung April first.  The veteran GOP staffer was guarded when asked if this signals a gubernatorial run for Fung.

“I don’t want to speculate as to what he’s going to run for, but I think his experience and skill set is something that Rhode Island is hungry for right now. They’re hungry for a leader and I think Mayor Fung can be that person.”

Fung, a son of Chinese immigrants, is popular in Cranston. He doesn’t face re-election as mayor there until 2016.