Post-Celona: Who are the Suspect Seven?
Sounds to me like there may be a few nervous lawmakers up on the Hill:
Shudders, dread, curiosity — and what several lawmakers called sadness — permeated the State House yesterday amid warnings by the state’s top federal prosecutor that the John Celona influence-peddling scandal had already spawned “active” corruption investigations against seven other politicians and seven corporations.
“Is this as extensive as Plunder Dome?” asked WPRO radio host Ron St. Pierre in a reference to the infamous Providence City Hall corruption probe that sent former Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. to federal prison.
“It’s bigger,” U.S. Attorney Robert Clarke Corrente responded during an on-air interview yesterday morning.
Yikes! And who could be involved?
Wandering in and out through the day, in a building where gossip and speculation are viewed as valuable commodities, State House denizens traded their lists of potential targets, which included lawmakers past and present and other prominent names in the political community.
“I know most of the people mentioned have been in the Senate,” said Fox. Still, “it does weigh on you — we are all human beings — who those seven politicians are. Obviously, everyone is speculating. But I have no idea who they may be, whether they are current, former or what. Or even if they are General Assembly members.”
But I’ll bet that they’re probably all Democrats. If I’m wrong, I’ll say so, but the basic demographics of RI’s political system would lead even the most naive, unpolitical citizen to figure that out. But we’ll see.