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Buddy Cianci's Mayoral Run as an Independent May Prove Key

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"Today, with a sense of humility, contrition and confidence, I announce to you my candidacy for Mayor of Providence," said former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr., on his final WPRO 630-AM radio show.

And with that, Buddy Cianci, Jr., announced his bid to become Providence Mayor, a third time. He's already citing a laundry list of the city's needs.

"A good education system can really develop in the city; number three – that you have affordable housing, and number four, that a person has a job."

Supporters credit Cianci for revitalizing Downtown Providence, but critics are sure to attack Cianci past legal problems. Twelve years ago he went to federal prison in the Plunder Dome scandal, and in 1984 was also forced to resign after an assault charge.

"Look. I am going to run... If the people don't want me, they don't have to vote for me, and that's not cocky. I realize I come with baggage. I understand that," said Cianci.

"Well the long knives will come out, no question. But people know me. I mean I am probably the most vetted candidate in America," Cianci added.

Running as an independent, Cianci avoids an expensive party primary, and the three Democrats vying for the nomination, may spend a lot of ad money, beating each other up.

"It's going to hurt them. They are going to have to spend a lot more money than they anticipated. And I think Buddy's got the ability to raise a lot of money," said Dr. Kay Israel, a Professor of Political Communication at Rhode Island College.

Another issue will be Cianci's health. At 73 he's being treated for cancer, but says he's recovered well and is fit for the campaign.

"I wouldn't be running at all, Mark, if I didn't get the clearance from the physicians and the doctors.... And frankly, I haven't slowed down a bit. I've got the fire in the belly and that's all that counts."

ABC Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "And so it's off the airwaves, and back on the campaign trail for Buddy Cianci as he gives up his broadcasting work at WPRO and ABC6, in hopes of winning a third stint as Providence Mayor. I'm ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis.
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