Key Candidates Are Skipping Clinton Event

Saturday, October 30, 2010


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Most of the statewide Democratic candidates are skipping Bill Clinton’s campaign event for Frank Caprio tomorrow, GoLocalProv has learned.

Democratic candidate for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, and First District Congressional candidate David Cicilline are all not attending, according to their campaigns, which cited scheduling conflicts as the official reason.

But several Democratic Party sources told GoLocalProv that Caprio’s shove-it slam against President Obama had caused many of the candidates to stay away from the event. “Many Democratic elected officials were outraged with the comments made about the President, which made it difficult to be seen with Caprio,” one source said.

Kilmartin is expected to make his rounds at several senior center events. Roberts and Mollis will both be attending Halloween events, and Cicilline will be at a wake for a Providence police officer.

The campaigns for Congressman Jim Langevin and Treasurer candidate Gina Raimondo could not be reached for comment.

Russ Moore, a spokesman for Caprio, could not confirm who else might be attending. “We’re not going to have any other candidates on stage at the event,” Moore said. “This event is strictly for Bill Clinton to come in and stump for Frank Caprio and also to energize the Democratic base.”


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