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Buddy Cianci returns to ABC6; considers run for Providence Mayor

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis


"That's my tradition. I hand out candy to the little kids," said ABC6 Chief Political Analyst Buddy Cianci.

"But we've missed you, we really have," said ABC6 Webmaster Dee DeQuattro, welcoming him back to work..

Buddy Cianci was back at ABC6 Monday, handing out his daily candy, and his political nuggets, too.

The former Providence Mayor turned political pundit has been off the air for two weeks while being treated for colon cancer.

"They put me on chemotherapy. I have seven more treatments and had some radiation, but I didn't have any effects of the chemo – yet – we'll see what happens in the future, but I feel good, I feel strong," said Cianci.

Buddy wouldn't let a winter storm disrupt his first day back on the air and says even people he has skewered over the years with his commentary have been supportive.

"The people who I have criticized – constructively – have sent me letters and cards and phone calls. People in office; people not in office."

And speaking of office, rumors are rampant that Cianci wants to run for Mayor again. A job he held twice - spanning 22 years.

"When I left office there was some unfinished business," Cianci said.

So will Buddy hang up his microphone, to run for office?

"I love doing TV here at 6, I love doing radio at WPRO. It will be a big choice," he said.

"But there's been a lot of people talking about my running. Is it on the table? Yeah. Are we close; am I close to making a decision on it? No!"

Q: But you are not ruling it out?

"Never rule anything out Mark.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "The deadline for filing in the Providence Mayor's race is months away. So at this point you can count Buddy Cianci as a definite maybe."


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