Mattiello says he has votes to be next speaker

By News Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello says he has locked up enough votes to succeed Gordon Fox as speaker.

The Cranston Democrat said Saturday an election is expected as soon as Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear if Mattiello would face a challenge for the top House post.

Fox said Saturday he is resigning his leadership post and will not seek re-election. The announcement came a day after federal and state law enforcement raided his Statehouse office and home. Authorities have not said whom or what they are probing.

Mattiello declined to elaborate on the race for other leadership posts. But Rep. Joseph McNamara says he is supporting Mattiello for speaker on a ticket with Rep. John DeSimone for majority leader. McNamara says he believes they have enough support.

(C) The Associated Press