Cicilline Speaks for First Time on Speaker Fox Investigation

By ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

“No I don't know anything about it,” said Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) about former House Speaker Gordon Fox (D-RI).  

Congressman Cicilline saying he is not linked to the legal troubles of now former House Speaker Gordon Fox. Fox's State House office was raided by the FBI and IRS last Friday, as was his East Side home, with boxes of possible evidence being seized. Cicilline and Fox are longtime friends and political allies. 

 Reporter Mark Curtis question: Have you talked to him at all? 

“I have not… I made a call to Gordon. I wasn't able to reach him. I did speak to Marcus (Fox's husband), told him I was thinking of them, and that was it,” said Rep. Cicilline.

Fox and Cicilline are connected because Fox did legal work for the “Providence Economic Development Partnership” closing loans for the federally funded program, while Cicilline was Providence Mayor. While there have been no legal charges, might there be political fall out?

Reporter Mark Curtis question: Are you concerned your opponents might try to make hay and tie you to the Speaker's troubles?

“Look Gordon Fox has been my friend for 20 years. I don't think there is any secret about that. Period. And I've had many campaigns, I will continue to work hard for the people of Rhode Island, I am not the least bit concerned about an issue which has nothing to do with me,” said Rep. Cicilline. 

ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “So far federal and state investigators have not said why they raided Gordon Fox's home or office, nor have they mentioned any connection to Congressman Cicilline. While the probe continues, no one has been accused of any wrongdoing, or charged with any crimes.”