Centracchio Running for GOP LT. Governor Slot
Confirming reports from the ProJo 7to7 Blog and NBC10 ‘s Bill Rappleye, Major General Reginald Centracchio, former Adjutant General of the RI National Guard, confirmed that he was entering the GOP primary for Lt. Gov. on the air with Dan Yorke this afternoon. Centracchio had previously said he wasn’t going to run. He also told Yorke that he asked the other GOP candidate, Kerry King, to step aside. Apparently King wasn’t very happy. (No Kidding!)
Yorke asked Centracchio “who came to you” and asked you to run. Centracchio first said his family and then friends and then stated that no GOP political players had a part. He also said he notified Gov. Almond yesterday.
UPDATE: Yorke spoke with Chuck Newton from the State GOP for reaction. Newton said that he thought it was “terrific” because it energizes all within the party. When asked if the party would ask King to run for General Treasurer instead, Newton said it’s possible but no such talks have been held. When pressed, Newton proffered the line that each candidate was his own man. He also implied that some in the GOP were excited by Centracchio’s entrance into the race, while others had a different view. In short, he continued to toe the line that it would energize the party. (He also hinted that another Republican would be making a bid against Patrick Kennedy).
UPDATE II: Yorke also spoke to Kerry King. King said he’s not bowing out and that he’s going to win. He related that he told Centracchio that “You’ve got to be kidding” when Centracchio called King last week to tell him he was entering the race. King also said that Centracchio told him he had the support of “the Governor.” Governor Carcieri called King and told him he had his support. Then Centracchio called King again and said he’s out. Then, after this past weekend, rumors began floating that Centracchio was going to jump in after all. King characterized Centracchio’s back-and-forth as not showing leadership but opportunism.
Yorke asked King if anyone had asked him to back out from the State GOP or if they had asked him to run for some other office. King said “no.”He said that, like Nathanael Greene, he had been keeping his powder dry and that his organization has been out raising money for the stretch run. Now he’s ready to fight a tough campaign.