The irrepressible Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, the longest-serving mayor in Providence, Rhode Island history, is once again seeking a political comeback. Evicted from office in 1984 for putting out a lit cigarette in the eye of his wife’s lover, Cianci made a political comeback in 1991 reclaiming the mayoralty and engineering the city’s rebirth. In 2002, the Fairfield University alumnus was found guilty of corruption and was once again forced from office. One year later his friend Joe Ganim experienced the same fate as mayor of Bridgeport. Buddy and Joe did time together in the joint. Will Ganim get in the mayor’s race for 2015?
One thing about Cianci, described as the P.T. Barnum of Providence politics, he can turn a phrase. “Be careful of the toe that you step on today, because it may be connected to an ass that you have to kiss tomorrow.”
Former Mayor John Fabrizi has formed an exploratory committee for what he hopes propels him back into the office he vacated in 2007 when Bill Finch won a close primary over Chris Caruso on his way to the mayoralty.
Ganim toyed with running for mayor in 2011, one year after he was released from prison. According to the Connecticut judicial website, Ganim is currently in divorce court. His name pops up among political operatives as a possible mayoral candidate in 2015.
Supporters of Mary-Jane Foster, Finch’s 2011 Democratic primary opponent, are encouraging her to run again. Will she?
State Rep. Charlie Stallworth is another name in the potential candidate mix.
What about former State Rep. Caruso? He works in the state Labor Department appointed by Governor Dan Malloy. What if Malloy loses in November? Will Caruso run?
How about two-time mayoral candidate, Republican City Councilman Enrique Torres?
Meanwhile Finch continues to build a campaign war chest for next year that’s somewhere around the $200K mark. He’ll have plenty of dough to spend.
Any other candidates out there? Based on the possible candidates, who would you support?