Cianci To Marry Haywood

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


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Buddy Cianci and his Fiancé Tara Marie Haywood

It is official. Vincent “Buddy” Cianci is engaged to Tara Marie Haywood.

This will be the former Providence Mayor’s second marriage. The engagement was confirmed by Haywood via a Facebook post.

Cianci is the host of the afternoon drive time show on WPRO radio and in 2014 was a candidate for Mayor of Providence, but lost a close general election battle with now sitting Mayor Jorge Elorza. He is one of America's best known and most controversial politicians.

This past year, Cianci battled cancer. Haywood was by Cianci’s side during his treatment and his recovery.

Haywood Sports Reporter

She is a journalism grad and a sports reporter.  In the past she has worked NFHS Network as a Producer in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, she worked at Cox Sports New England as Reporter/Blogger and she had a stint at SportsBuddyz as Sports Commentator in Los Angeles, California.

As she writes on her blog, “While I was contemplating a career in journalism, I never lost sight of my passion for sports. I always thought being a sports reporter would suit me perfectly. I still do. I just kind of went about it a little differently than most. While I have covered high school and college sports, I have recently been blessed with several opportunities to take it to the professional level. I’ve gotten to meet some incredible people along the way and found a way to combine the things I love the most: philanthropy and football (well, ok, hockey, too…).

Cianci - Is He done?

In one one-on-one interview with GoLocalProv's Kate Nagle during the 2014 campaign, Cianci fired at his predecessor and raised concerns about the City's finances:

"I'd want an audit of the city -- I want to see this 'surplus'," said Cianci.  "If the city has a surplus right now, well, I can guarantee you we don't have a surplus.  If we have a surplus right now, I'd withdraw my candidacy."

For someone who would face a fifth decade in the position of Mayor well into his 70s, Cianci said, "I think the city, which I love very much, needs leadership, a relief pitcher.  Someone who would come in for a couple of innings and win the game."

Would that mean Cianci would only look for one term?  "I've certainly got a term in me, and if I felt good and the people wanted me, I'd do it again," said Cianci, who resigned from his previous two tenures as Mayor when convicted of felonies.

Cianci is never predictable and has battled back numerous times. With Haywood by his side, will Cianci run again for Mayor? We probably won't know until deadline day in June 2018.


Related Slideshow: Buddy Cianci in Pop Culture

Take a tour of Buddy Cianci's career from walk on roles on TV dramas to featured in pop art.

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Shepard Fairey exploded on to the global stage when he designed the iconic "Hope" poster of President Obama, but he had rocked Providence when he attended RISD with his installations/graffiti cut- and-past on Buddy Cianci's re-election posters.  

Photo by El-Pablo via Flickr

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Mike Stanton, the author of "Prince of Providence," wrote the ultimate biography of Buddy Cianci - it was optioned for a movie with stars rumored for the role of Cianci ranging from Oliver Platt to Russell Crowe.

The movie has yet to be produced.

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Jr. High

RISD grad Seth MacFarlane created the ultimate Rhode Island joke with his TV series, "Family Guy." 

One of the show's backdrops is "Buddy Cianci Jr. High School."

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Narrated by Rhode Island's own James Wood and directed by Sherry Wood, the documentary, "BUDDY, The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor," proved to be a snap shot of Cianci's life.

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Buddy's Book

Nothing says Buddy Cianci like Buddy's own tell all autobiography. The post-jail book tried to even some scores and serve as a balance to Pulitzer prize winning investigative reporter Mike Stanton's, "Prince of Providence." 

Buddy's book with the short title of "Politics and Pasta," failed to deliver the context and range of Stanton's book.

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T Shirt

The best Buddy T-shirt going. 

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Pasta Sauce

The infamous Buddy Cianci sauce was a favorite for the Mayor to hand out to VIPS.

The profits from the sale of the sauce are intended to support scholarship for students.

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Early Art

One of the most expressive pieces of Buddy Cianci art was an early campaign poster from the 1970's.

The poster is now a collector's item.

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60 Minutes

After his conviction but before he reported for Federal prison, Cianci appeared on CBS News' 60 Minutes news magazine.

Cianci was resolute in his appearance.

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NBC Star

Buddy Cianci had his appearances on the 1999 NBC prime time drama, "Providence."

The show was shot in part in the Rhode Island capitol city. Cianci seemed to be everywhere during the production of the show.

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"The next Governor of RI" was how Cianci was introduced at the GOP national convention in 1980.

Take a look at Cianci's speech as captured in a Flashback on NBC 10.  


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