Cicilline a Winner?
In this week’s Hot or Not by Dan McGowan, one stuck out at me as a little bit surprising. It’s the logic of it that surprises me. I don’t blame McGowan for the logic, I think he’s just writing what the voters might think.
The Congressman also benefits from the fact that the “B” word will likely no longer be used when describing the capital city.
Agreed that without Mayor Angel Taveras throwing around the possibility of the city going into bankruptcy, or worse, the city actually going into bankruptcy does take a little pressure off of Cicilline during the campaign. But is that deserved? Look at it this way, Governor Sundlun guided the state out of the banking crisis. So does that mean that Ed DiPrete is exonerated?
David Cicilline has said that he inherited a finanically troubled city when he became Mayor. Angel Taveras has been the mayor of Providence for less than two years. Why was Taveras able to improve the financial health of the city in less than two years, yet Cicilline was unable to make it better, or seemingly make it worse, in his eight years, as Helen Glover noted on the radio this morning? How can you mess up a city’s finances, hide that fact, then have someone else come in and at least improve the situation and then be considered a winner?
Being a good Democrat, Mayor Taveras might be stumping for Cicilline this summer. But if there is a time that they share the dais, I’d love for a reporter ask either man why Cicilline should deserve any credit for Providence avoiding bankruptcy. After all, it’s not like we ever saw Sundlun and DiPrete campaigning together.