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Mayoral Opponents Tee Off on Candidate Buddy Cianci

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They all seem to be pointing the finger at two–time Mayor Buddy Cianci.

Independent Lorne Adrain dropped out this week; and now Republican candidate Dan Harrop may quit, too.

"I'm definitely staying in the race until at least October. At that time, the Republicans will make a joint decision about what's best for the city," said Dr. Dan Harrop, (R) Candidate for Providence Mayor.

Harrop says he does not want Cianci to be Mayor again.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "With one candidate quitting the race, and another thinking of dropping out, we wondered if there was a coordinated effort among some candidates, to target Buddy Cianci."

We do know that members of Brett Smiley's campaign spoke with Lorne Adrain's campaign.

And that Adrain’s supporters spoke with Dan Harrop's backers.

They all share the same goal, but say it's not a conspiracy.

"I don't know about any coordinated effort to get people to drop out.... This is a place that’s considering reelecting a man who ran this very same job, like a criminal enterprise," said Brett Smiley, (D) Candidate for Providence Mayor.

Buddy Cianci begs to differ, saying his opponents have now launched a website called,  ""

"I'm not going to get involved in this back room politics of coercing people out of races.... Certain people on the East Side of Providence, who want to inform people all over the city that they should control the next Mayor. And I just think the people of Providence should be able to vote for whoever they want," said Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, (D) Candidate for Providence Mayor.

Cianci says he does not care how big or small the field of candidates is; he’s in this Mayor's race to the end.
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