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.