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More Fallout from Rhode Island's Latest Political Scandal

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David Caprio may be out as state Democratic Party Chairman but the fallout is far from over.

Rhode Island State Police now confirm they are investigating beach concession contacts that were granted to Caprio, but managed by current State Rep. Peter Palumbo.

The state's Republican Party says Palumbo must resign, too.

"We think that Peter Palumbo, in the best interests of his constituents, should step aside and step away from the race for 2014, until the investigation is completed," said Rob Paquin III, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Republican Party.

With primary voters headed to the polls in less than six weeks, some are trying to seize political advantage.

"It can't simply be the State Police who are riding herd on our politicians. It's time for the voters to step up and take over for the state police. We've got to run the bums out. It's time to run them out," said Ken Block, (R) Candidate for RI Governor.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "This latest Rhode Island political scandal is already bringing calls for reforms, including the way business is conducted here on Smith Hill.".

Even Democratic critics say it should be illegal for any lawmaker to hold or manage a state business contract.

"There should not be any elected official dealing with any state contracts. I think that's important message. If there is, please reveal any contracts that are out there right now," said State Senator Lou Raptakis, (D) Coventry.

And Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who's also running for Governor, called on Governor Chafee to cancel the beach contracts that have now put David Caprio and Peter Palumbo under state police investigation.
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