Rivals Criticize Fung For Taking Too Long To Share His Views With Voters

Mar 1, 2018

Fung talking with reporters at the Cranston DPW facility last year.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is facing criticism from his rivals in the gubernatorial race for taking too long to share his views with voters.

Fung announced his latest run for governor last October.

But his campaign has declined to answer some policy questions from some news organizations, including Rhode Island Public Radio.

Rival GOP candidate for governor Patricia Morgan said Fung took too long to speak about gun issues after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

"We can’t trust a leader who must put his finger to the wind before sharing an opinion," Morgan said in a statement. "That indecisiveness and dithering can only make us susceptible to the insider politics that have plagued our state for way too long.  We’ve had enough of that with Gina Raimondo."

Republican-turned-independent candidate Joe Trillo said Fung should have made his views known sooner.

“Allan Fung came out [earlier this week] from ‘protective custody’ after two weeks of waiting for everyone else in the world to respond to the shooting in Parkland, Florida," Trillo said, referring to Fung's participation in a TV interview. "Among others, his response comes after statements by his two opponents in the primary, the current governor, and me, the independent candidate he will face if he wins the primary. It also comes after statements by the NRA, the Gun Owners of America, and let’s not forget the local weather men, because if the temperature is not right and the wind is not blowing in the right direction he will not say anything.

Fung’s campaign declined to comment on the criticism from Morgan and Trillo.

In 2014, Fung lost a close race for governor to Democrat Gina Raimondo.

Giovanni Feroce is also running for governor as a Republican.