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Monday, December 09, 2013


Allan Fung’s campaign for Governor has announced that twenty-four Chairmen and Chairwomen of Republican City and Town Committees throughout Rhode Island have personally endorsed the Cranston Mayor's candidacy.

“I am honored to have the support of the Chairs of many Republican City and Town Committees,” said Fung. “With so many among the State Party leadership who already have joined our effort, the endorsements of these local leaders help to demonstrate the depth of support for my campaign for Governor among rank and file Party members as well. I am very grateful for the hard work of the City and Town Republican committees to support our local candidates and I welcome the twenty four Committee Chairs who have come on board.”

Nick Lima, Chairman of the Republican City Committee in Cranston expressed his support for Fung, stating, “Mayor Fung has shown tremendous leadership in the City of Cranston and he is the best candidate to bring common sense and fiscal responsibility to the office of Governor of Rhode Island. Mayor Fung’s appeal is evident from his success in bringing jobs to the City of Cranston and creating a budget surplus without raising taxes. It is easy to understand why the voters of the City of Cranston overwhelmingly support Mayor Fung and I look forward to helping the Fung for Governor Campaign.”

In 2010, Fung was re-elected as Mayor with more than 70 percent of the vote; and in 2012, Fung was reelected without opposition. The members of the City and Town Committees are expected to begin voting on committee endorsements after January 1st.

Here are the Republican City and Town Committee Chairs who have personally endorsed Fung for Governor:

Bill McKernan – Block Island

Nick Lima - Cranston

Jim Sullivan - Coventry

Chuck Newton - East Greenwich

Diane Allen – Exeter

Bruce Campbell - Foster

Ted Burlingame - Glocester

Amy Gallagher - Jamestown

Pat Hagan - Little Compton

Antone Viveros – Middletown

Meg Rodgers - Narragansett

Barbara Ann Fenton - Newport

Mike Grossi - North Providence

Ted Soly – North Smithfield

Scott Rotondo – Pawtucket

Jeff Richard - Portsmouth

Paul Michaud - Richmond

Scott Klimaj - Scituate

Roland Benjamin - South Kingstown

Frank Nencka - Warren

Mike Penta - Warwick

Rob Priolo - Westerly

Rob Butler - West Greenwich

Lee Ann Sennick - Woonsocket

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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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Lisa Famigilietti

This is very interesting. What is interesting is who is NOT on this list. Mayor Fung is a good and decent person. He is not perfect...
I live in Cranston. People here generally have a very HIGH opinion of him vs. the rest of Rhode Island pols. Ken Block is nothing more than a political opportunist. He is not the kind of person I would want leading the state. He had very lousy judgment if he voted for Pres. Obama TWICE. Fool me once, as they say. True, Fung cut a pretty good deal with the firefighters. Yet there is a lot more to be a governor than pension crap and budgets. I think there is some anti-Chinese prejudice at play here and I think it stinks. Ken's ego is bigger than some of our worst pols... who the hell does he think he is anyway?

fedupwithri jones

So now we are playing the race card? Not to obvious where the above comment came from. Keep it up with your phony allegations and insults. You are very transparent. That is why the support has begun to peel away. Funny don't see anyone from the Block campaign lobbing blind comment insults.

George McDonald

I don't think it's a race thing. Fung is a great compromiser. He gets things done. He has results. That's the art of governing. It's the hardest skill to master, and single-handedly the most important. I think some in the Republican party hold it against him. That list is impressive in the sense that the individual chairs are sticking their necks out.

Block is all about HIM HIM HIM. Which Republican has Block donated to? Who has he ever helped?

James Berling

I’m looking for a leader to support and follow, someone who will solve the structural problems we have with governance in this State.

I would like to support Fung but what are his ideas? We’ve got serious problems that need to be addressed. In RI the Governor has very little power other than a bully pulpit. All he can do for now is rouse the people.

Does Fung support a Constitutional Convention for RI? Does he favor reevaluating the balance of power in this state?

How would he tackle RI’s problems? How and where would he lead us?

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