Typically, the headlines have focused on endorsements and policy statements. Then, of course, there are the candidates’ accusations about the opponents. Lots of complaints, lots of noise. But what’s not typical is that a candidate is arrested in Ohio and the FBI investigates what has been called a “controversial education contract.”
The FBI reported an education contract to the investigation
This week, it was reported on television that the Governor’s close associate Dan McKee was under federal investigation for a “controversial education contract”. And Republicans and Democrats were quick to seize the moment.
Channels 10 and 12 have reported that federal authorities are involved in an investigation into a controversial contract that Governor Dan McKee’s administration awarded to ILO Group, worth up to $5.2 million. ILO Group, a consulting firm, was created two days after McKee took office.
Rhode Island Republican President Sue Cienki released the following statement:
“Governor Dan McKee is just another corrupt, entrenched politician who is more interested in lining the pockets of his close aides than helping struggling Rhode Islanders,” said Rhode Island Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Cienki. “We deserve a leader who will tackle the pocketbook issues affecting hard-working families across our state. We need a leader with a bold vision who will transform our economy, not another corrupt politician.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Helena Buonanno Foulkes, the former CVS leader, called it a matter of confidence.
“For many Rhode Islanders, this story seems all too familiar – another career politician finds himself in the shadow of an FBI investigation,” Foulkes said. “Once again, Dan McKee has shown that he cares more about enriching his well-connected friends than serving the people of our state. How can Rhode Islanders trust him now?”
Congressman candidate arrested in Ohio
Michael Neary, a former staffer of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, was apparently back in Ohio recently, where he was reportedly arrested for stalking and drug trafficking in Elizabeth, Ohio. He apparently pleaded not guilty to the charges of harassment and possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia. He apparently gave his address as an apartment in Columbus, Ohio, although he also allegedly told police he was applying for a job in Rhode Island.
WhatsUpNewp has reached out to Neary for comment.
Utility workers endorse Magaziner
The Brotherhood of Utility Workers Local 310 has endorsed General Treasurer and congressional candidate Seth Magaziner. Phil Fogarty, the union’s president, called Magaziner “the voice of workers”.
Magaziner enjoys broad support in the working-class community. Previously endorsed by Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Labourers’ District Council, United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Ironworkers Local 37, Unite Here Local 26, Carpenters 330, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51, Sheetmetal Workers’ Local 17, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and Teamsters Local 251.
‘Heard on the Vine’
Some interesting discussions among political insiders about not being published in public polls,
Rumor has it that polls in the Democratic primary election have Governor McKee leading, with his biggest challenger, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. Helena Folks, who announced at the end of the year, was voting in single digits, sources said. We do not know exactly when the survey was conducted.
That same insider said Gorbea, as expected, benefited the most from Treasurer General Seth Magaziner’s decision to leave the gubernatorial race for the Congressional race, with many of his supporters moving into Gorbea’s camp.
Speaking of Magaziner, that same insider said a poll in the Second Congressional District had former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung leading Magaziner. Fung’s main support comes from Cranston and Warwick.