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More Rhode Island Politicians React to Buddy Cianci's Candidacy

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A Friday morning transportation event was a who's who of Rhode Island politics, but the person who was not there is still getting most of the attention.

So how are the state's leader's reacting to Buddy Cianci on the ballot, trying o become mayor for the third time.

"It's America. Sure I see the national press and that's unfortunate, but people have a right to run if they get the signatures and get on the ballot," said Gov. Lincoln Chafee, (D) Rhode Island.

Clearly the political establishment knows cianci has a shot at winning...they listen to voters, too.

"He done a good job. He did. He done a good job. He was in my Boy Scout Troop years ago,” said Ron Ware, a Cianci supporter.

ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis, "The fact that Cianci is running as an independent is giving a lot of Democrats a free pass on having to weigh in on the race."

So the day Cianci announced he had this to say about his successor as mayor.

"Is that the same David Cicilline that left the city with a $110 million dollar deficit?" said Buddy Cianci, (I) Candidate for Mayor.

But with Cianci, running as an independent, even Democrat Cicilline felt no need to jump into the fray.

"But I think it's important that we move forward as a city and a state, not backward,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said.

Reporter question: But he's already taken some shots at you in the opening volleys of the campaign saying you left the city $110 million dollars in the whole."

"I am going to continue to do the work that I was elected to do," Cicilline said.

The artful public diplomacy over Cianci, was probably best summed up by the state's senior Democrat.

"I have great faith in the common sense of the voters in Rhode Island, about going forward and making wise choices and ultimately it is in their hands. This is there choice," said Senator Jack Reed, (D) Rhode Island.

Clearly Cianci remains topic "A" of campaign 2014.
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