Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter. Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.
Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.
November 22, 1963 started out as an ordinary day at the Providence Evening Bulletin. By 12:30, city editor Jim Wyman was ready for lunch and headed across the street to the Providence Journal diner. He had just settled into his favorite stool when the phone on the counter jangled to life.
“It was the managing editor seeking me and urging me to get back across the street because the president had been shot,” Wyman explains.