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NEW: Rep. Lombardi Calls for Fox’s Resignation

Friday, March 21, 2014

 

Representative John Lombardi

Representative John Lombardi today called for a change in House leadership, in light of the raid on Speaker Gordon Fox's home and office this morning.  

"I think he's got to go," said Lombardi.  "How can he not?"

"You need to ask, "How has this worked out for you?" It hasn't worked out for us, it's time for a change," said Lombardi. "It's time to bring in people not associated with leadership."

Lombardi wouldn't speculate on whether Fox was in fact out at this point.  The U.S. Attorney's office confirmed there is an ongoing law enforcement matter for which they executed two search warrants, but stopped short of saying there was an investigation of Fox.  The office did confirm the matter involves the State Police, the FBI, and the IRS. 

Multiple sources have said the House Democrats are going on be holding a caucus at 5:30 P.M. today at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street; Lombardi said as of 3:30 PM, he hadn't heard anything.  "That's news to me," said Lombardi.  

Who's Looking to Take Top Spot

"It's all just rumors at this point," said Lombardi. "I'm hearing tthere's [House Majority Leader Nicholas] Mattiello and [Joseph] McNamara, then there's [Chris] Blazejewski, [Stephen] Ucci, and [Helio] Melo."  

"Fox has the term for two more years.  He's not necessarily going anywhere -- yet. I've heard Patty O'Neil's interested, Charlene Lima, Karen MacBeth, John DeSimone, " said Lombardi, of potential replacements for Speaker Fox's position.  

Lombardi continued, "The only people that are in jeapordy are leadership.  You're either with them, or you're with the people with the State of Rhode Island. There's only one guy who's been through this before, and that's me.  I was at the heart of Plunderdome -- there's a presumption of innocence, but the appearance of impropriety."

 

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I don't much care for Foxy but THIS stooge is a bit premature. Man, the knives are out. Beware the Ides of March... a little late. Innocent until proven guilty, chant the dems, unless EYE can improve MY position.

Comment #1 by G Godot on 2014 03 21

Quick, cue the Johnny Mo sound bites:

"This situation requires unprecedented intestinal fortitude"
"We're talking about the balance of co-equal branches of government"
"There's dees, dem and dos, and then there's me, the one guy who's been through this before."

Lord save us from this posturing clown.

Comment #2 by Edward Smith on 2014 03 22

who listens to this dork? he is a has been. it's laughable that you give him print.

Comment #3 by MikeAlan Sullivan on 2014 03 22

MO WHAT HAPPENED?YOU WERE HIS BEST BUDDIE!!

Comment #4 by EDDIE GURTIN on 2014 03 22

you're right Eddie..they were good friends if I'm not mistaken.

Comment #5 by LENNY BRUCE on 2014 03 22

its not supposed to be about being friends.. its about doing whats right. that is the problem with this state.

loyalty trumps ability every time.

Comment #6 by john paycheck on 2014 03 22

Been saying it for a long time, the crew at that state house is corrupt and needs to go. Speaker Fox made history yesterday - this was the first time the RI Statehouse was ever raided by law enforcement. This shame can be hung on the reigning power at the statehouse - the Democrats. The time has come to clean out that place and restore order and give the government back to the people, the ones who have been paying the bills! Fox should do the people of Rhode Island a favor and resign for their sake. Enough is enough.

Comment #7 by Gov- stench on 2014 03 22




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