Fung Condemns Block for “Belittling” Violent Crime Victim

Friday, July 18, 2014


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Cranston mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung denounced primary opponent Ken Block's criticism of a recent political ad as "belittling a the victim of violent crime for his own political benefit."

Block questioned whether the victim's appearance in an ad for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo- for which the victim was compensated- was a "quid pro quo."

Statement from Fung

"There are some things more important than politics and one of those things is supporting the victims of violence. As a former criminal prosecutor for the State of Rhode Island, I believe deeply in the need to aid crime victims. Ken Block crossed a line when he criticized Andrea Martin and questioned her motives for appearing in a political ad, and he needs to apologize publicly to her. Specifically, Ken Block accused Andrea Martin of a "quid pro quo" - suggesting she appeared in the ad in exchange for receiving compensation from the state crime victim's fund. Violence against women is something we should all stand against. Andrea Martin is a victim. She does not deserve to be victimized again," Fung said.


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