House Speaker Gordon Fox has put an end to the suspense about his political future, telling Democratic state reps at a closed caucus Monday that he won't be running for mayor of Providence.
The idea of yielding perhaps the most powerful job in state government for one with a lot of exposure to persistent headaches seemed unlikely from the outset. Yet Fox was encouraged to run for City Hall by Congressman David Cicilline, among others.
Via statement, he offered this explanation for ruling out a run and revealing the decision during the closed caucus at Alton Jones:
"I wanted my Democratic members to hear it directly from me first. Although I have been encouraged to look at running for mayor, I want to focus all of my energy and attention on being Speaker and having a successful 2014 legislative session."
In other recent mayoral news, law school professor Jorge Elorza announced Friday he raised $82,000 (including a $22,000 loan) during 30 days of Q3 -- not far behind the $102,000 raised in the quarter by Brett Smiley. City Council President Michael Solomon has not yet released numbers for Q3. Republican Daniel Harrop is also running.