Pawtucket mayoral candidate releases shirtless campaign video

By Kirsten Glavin

kglavin@abc6.com

@kirstenglavin

PAWTUCKET, RI – Independent candidate John Arcaro refers to himself as “lean, clean and fighting the machine,” is his recently released campaign video for Mayor.  The video features a slow pan up his shirtless body, played to the Monday night football theme song.

"I’m very disciplined, I’m 53 years old and I have the body of a 28 year old,” John Arcaro told ABC6 news after finishing a debate Wednesday night against incumbent Don Grebien.

He explained the video shows his transparency, that he’s willing to give people the shirt off his back and that his physique, earned by discipline, is what the city needs to return to its glory days.

"I wear less clothes than I was wearing in that video to the beach. I believe this is still the ocean state. I love going to the beach. I don’t believe that was inappropriate at all,” Arcaro said.

Voters ABC6 spoke to about the video had mixed feelings, especially between the sexes.

"It’s a man’s top half. Nothing wrong with that,” said James Willitte, a Pawtucket voter.

"I’m fine with that, I don’t think its anything out of place,” added David Gomes, another male voter.

Multiple females said they found the campaign inappropriate. Candidate Arcaro touted exactly the opposite.

"A lot of the females… I got certain comments over the internet that I wouldn’t like to get into. And my wife wouldn’t appreciate it,” said Arcaro.

Mayor Don Grebien told ABC6 that women he has spoken to find it sexist, and that he considers it troubling. "That’s something that I find disrespectful and it’s clearly not something that we would have done in a campaign,” said the Mayor.