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Monday, January 13, 2014


Republican candidate for Governor Allan Fung has come forward this weekend disclosing that he accidentally killed a man when he fell asleep while driving. The incident happened when he was 19 years old.

This is the first time that he has unveiled the incident publicly. Does this incident change your opinion of Fung positively or negatively?

Timing of the announcement

Should Fung have disclosed this incident to Cranston voters when he ran for Mayor? Or, is the matter not relevant to his candidacy and give him credit for disclosing the events?


Related Slideshow: 10 Questions Fung Has to Answer When Running for Gov of RI

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10) Can Fung raise the money necessary to be competitive?

At the last reporting period, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's campaign had only $336,000.


Ken Block had $540,000 and he just entered the race.  


Democrat Gina Raimondo has over $2.3 million and even Angel Taveras has $759,000 cash on hand.

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9) Is Fung ready for prime time?

Fung is well-liked in Cranston and most everyone thinks Fung is a "nice guy."


Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras can claim they took on tough issues.


Ken Block articulates big ideas and a proven record in business, but out of the gate Fung's campaign seems less than ready.


Fung's campaign manager got confused about how many Democrats Fung has  donated to and his motivation for donating to them. 


Would another four years in Cranston be the wiser path?

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8) Can Fung effectively run against Angel Taveras?

Fung claims Providence Mayor Angel Taveras as a close friend, but it raises questions about inherent personal conflicts and ability to run and effective race.


Politics in Rhode Island is often a blood sport, will Fung approve that knockout punch TV spot in the closing weeks that tags Taveras for the spiraling crime problem in Providence?

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7) Is Fung's base big enough?

For Mayor Fung, his base is Cranston, but he does not enjoy a groundswell of Hispanic voters like Providence Mayor Angel Taveras hopes to bank on (7% of the voters were Hispanic in the General Election in 2012, according to Pew Research).


A race against Raimondo would be tough as she would very likely have a strong block of female voters.


Where does Fung get his votes?

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6) Can Fung defend the tax increases in Cranston?

When Fung runs as a Republican against a Democrat, there is an advantage if Fung can point out a differentiation of fiscal discipline. Fung, as Mayor, had numerous and significant residential and commercial tax increases.


This will not help him against the fiscally prudent Ken Block, but even if he were to win the primary then he would lose the advantage against Angel Taveras in a General Election. Both have ushered large tax increases through their councils.

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5) Why pledge to create "20,000 jobs"? It sounds like Don Carcieri.

Don't know if Fung was paying attention, but GOP Governor Don Carcieri ran on...creating 20,000 new jobs. 


When Carcieri left office, Rhode Island had the worst unemployment in America. Not sure Fung wants to mirror that Carcieri pledge.

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4) Defending Don Carcieri and making him a part of the campaign - is that a good idea?

The collapse of 38 Studios has scarred Don Carcieri's legacy as Governor of Rhode Island. At best, Carcieri was star struck to give a baseball player $75 million -- at worse, Carcieri was part of something far more ominous.


For Fung, who wants to run as the future of Rhode Island, why be associated with Don Carcieri?

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3) Defending the lobbyist role?

In 2014, do we think Rhode Islanders will be looking for a former lobbyist for a large corporation that is cutting Rhode Islander's jobs to be our next Governor?


Lobbyist-turned-Governor will be tougher to pull off than actor Ronald Reagan-turned-Governor of California in the 1960's.

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2) Understand the changing position on gay marriage?

Hard to know what Allan Fung's position is on gay marriage. At different times he offered a range of views.


Some GOP primary voters have been opposed to the RI law and others were supportive, but neither segment of the GOP may understand what his position was -- or is.  

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1) Political donations to local, federal and national Democrats - are you sure you are a Republican?

Fung has given to David Cicilline, US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, former RI Senate President Bill Irons and once RI Attorney General Patrick Lynch. Fung's campaign manager claims he was a lobbyist and needed to donate to Democratic leaders.  Cicilline, Reid and Lynch meet none of those criteria.  


Not only did Fung give thousands of his own dollars to Dems, he turned down requests from leading GOP candidates like John Robitalle and Jon Loughlin who were badly outspent and needed every dollar to win.


The Republican party in Rhode Island is a pretty small group trying to create a pretty big tent - from Scott Avedisian to Doreen Costa. For most Republicans in this state it is tough -- you don't enjoy the political connections and you're part of a tiny minority -- so loyalty matters.


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If there was no criminal misconduct why is it relevant?It could happen to anyone.

Comment #1 by Joseph Bernstein on 2014 01 13

Agreed. Also, I just voted 17 times in a row and every time I voted "YES", the poll automatically added a "NO" vote. That's pretty pathetic even for GoLocal. I doubt anyone was going 1:1 with me at the same interval.

Comment #2 by Ron Gonzales on 2014 01 13

Very sad tragedy and my heart goes out to that family. It was good of the mayor to get this out there but he should release the entire sealed report to remove all doubt.

Comment #3 by Rhonda Bennett on 2014 01 13

Should our political leaders in the statehouse disclose the wholesale theft of millions of dollars every year from the public? where did the
millions is landfill money go?,38 studios?,grants that disappear into thin air, shall i go on? I think mister Fung has paid for his sins ,unfortunately WE are still paying for the sins of our house and senate.

Comment #4 by LENNY BRUCE on 2014 01 13

allen had to get it out. this is just the type of thing that would get leaked out a few days before the election. at that point it would probably hurt him and it would take a few days for the general public to evaluate that this was not his fault.

that being said, here is a candidate and issues he has no control over that are in the media. (ticket scandal)

maybe everyone can focus on the issues of the state as opposed to this stuff

Comment #5 by john paycheck on 2014 01 13

Fung carries the weight of this on his back every day of his life; my heart goes out to the man who was accidentally killed. It is all horrible and has no place to be used to trash anyone's character.
Those that engage in character assassination on this one reveal themselves to be lower form of life. Tragic... tragic. Could happen to anyone at any time.

Comment #6 by Jim Geremia on 2014 01 13

If Mr Fung were a Democrat,this faux scandal would be national news for the righties at Fox News, Libaugh, Glenda Beck etc. And the loony Tea-Party birthers would be demanding his original birth certificate, NOT a photo copy..LOL
The Fung-Gate scandal would replace their Benghazi talking points 24/7
Sammy in Arizona

Remember 1983, Reagan disarmed the Marines while ordering them into Beirut, 241 Marines died needlessly.

Comment #7 by Sammy Arizona on 2014 01 13

DOn't know the Mayor but I must agree with Flo Jonick over at RINPR-- he has handled this with grace, courage and dignity... this is what leadership looks like. What happened to him behind the wheel we will never know. To use any of this tragedy for political gain is sickening.

Comment #8 by Heather McLaughlin on 2014 01 16

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