Patrick Lynch Dropping Out
WPRO’s Steve Klamkin report during the 6:30 am news that the AG will be withdrawing from the governor’s race sent me to projo.com which had a confirming article by Katherine Gregg and Tracy Breton on the front page.
On Wednesday, a source close to Lynch said, the two-term attorney general was telling people close to him that he intends to announce at midday Thursday that he is withdrawing.
At this point, “it is when, not if,” the source said.
The AG’s chronic, garrulous inability to give a straight answer (Buddy Cianci once noted that if you asked Lynch the time, he’d tell you how to make a swiss watch) has stayed in high gear right to the end.
When asked directly on Tuesday night, as he was leaving a Rhode Island Young Democrats’ event, if he intended to drop out of the race this week, Lynch said: “That’s back again? Listen, you asked me on the way in and the way out. What job am I getting now with the Obama administration? I always thought ambassador to Ireland would be a good one.” But he did not deny it.
Had Lynch become the Dem candidate for gov, I was looking forward to compiling the long list of his politically motivated failures and malfeasances as the people’s attorney. (Bad as they were, none came close to his deliberate mishandling of the Station Night Club fire, during which he did not just refuse to prosecute West Warwick Fire Inspector Dennis LaRocque, the man most responsible for the fire, but actively shielded him from the Grand Jury and from being held accountable for all of those deaths and injuries.)
As Klamkin’s report was followed by a discussion between John Depetro and Professor Victor Profughi about the feasibility of Lynch returning to politics in due course (presumably after memories have had time to fade somewhat), I won’t clear out my Lynch files just yet. For now, it’s just nice to know that the actions of Rhode Island’s worst Attorney General will not be rewarded in 2011 with the state’s highest office.