When was the last time a sitting mayor left during their term to take a bus job? Political rumors are flying that Governor Gina Raimondo made Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian an offer he could not refuse in order to stage a “coup” of the city of Warwick. With the mayor gone, team Raimondo will take over Warwick in an attempt to gain traction on Cranston Mayor Fung. In Rhode Island, Warwick is the key city to win and recent polling numbers had Raimondo getting crushed by Fung with Independent voters. Raimondo has been hiring reporters who were digging into UHIP and buying national press coverage. Why not buy a city? Mayor Avedisian is a good man and who is well liked and respected, but the timing cannot be ignored. Mayor Cianci was known for hiring rivals but taking over an entire city is another level.
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A team of Avedisian/Fung campaigning in Warwick and Cranston could be too much for Gina to overcome. A democrat source claims it was a campaign consultant that came up with the idea of finding a way to remove Mayor Avedisian. Another political source claims the RIPTA job is a reward to Avedisian for keeping Chafee from running for Governor in a democrat primary against Raimondo. When you control city hall in a city, you control the power of the city and now the democrats are in control of Warwick. The RIPTA job has been open for over a year so why now? Why not wait 6 more months? A slew of Gina signs are headed to Warwick and the Raimondo staff will work to identify every possible Warwick voter with control over the office of the mayor. The Warwick city council will follow orders and do as they are told with the promise of state jobs. One of the conditions of the RIPTA job was to wait until May so there would be no time for a special election.
Remember in politics there are no coincidences, and timing is everything. To find out what is really happening in campaign 2018, listen to the John DePetro Radio show.