Supporters of Democratic Congressional candidate Anthony Gemma applauded after he read off a list of voter fraud allegations. He claims Congressman David Cicilline's campaign paid people to vote; voted on behalf of dead people; and, even hired illegal immigrants to cast ballots.
Gemma said he was reading from sworn statements from minorities, but he would not identify the sources.
Anthony Gemma said, "Minorities in Providence have lived in fear of the many individuals I have referenced here today. In my view and their's, they've been preyed upon by David Cicilline and his associates."
Gemma said some of those who made the allegations were in the crowd--anonymously. But no one responded when ABC 6 asked: "Is there anyone here who is going to come forward, who made those statements?"
Anthony Gemma then bolted for his SUV and left.
ABC 6 Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "While Anthony Gemma claims he contacted the FBI and the Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnell issued this statement saying quote: ‘Due to the sensitive nature of the allegations, coupled with the timing of them, it would be unfair and inappropriate to confirm our involvement, or non–involvement.'"
All other law enforcement contacted by ABC–6 also declined comment
Not surprisingly, the Congressman flat out refuted the voter fraud claims.
"And to not present one shred of evidence to support that allegation is really irresponsible. It's outrageous. It's the worst kind of political stunt," said Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI).
The allegations come less than three weeks before the primary. It's doubtful the investigation can be completed by Election Day.