Speaker’s troubles a potential boost for Republicans

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis


With Gordon Fox out as House Speaker amid scandal, there is a grab for power from many quarters. ABC6 News learning that some key committee chairmanships are changing under a new speaker. And Republicans running for Governor are also proposing big reforms. 

“We have a Democrat dominated General Assembly that has made a habit of producing this kind of outcome, this kind of negative outcome, this sort of violation of the trust,” said Ken Block, (R) Candidate for RI Governor. 

“Regardless of who ever is going to be Speaker, there has to be, there has to be a fundamental reform and change to the way we do business up at the State House, said Allan Fung, (R) Candidate for RI Governor. 

Both men agree on giving greater power to the State Ethics Commission, and giving all Governors line item veto power. Ken Block led the effort to ban the Master Lever for one-party voting, which Allan Fung now endorses. 

 ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “The political shake–up inside the Rhode Island State House isn't just limited to the Speaker's office, and it's happening on both sides of the aisle.” 

A case in point, one Republican is attaching the other, over his past support of Speaker Fox.

“Mayor Fung has donated to Speaker Fox,” said Ken Block. 

But Fung says that's when he was government council for Met Life, not as Cranston Mayor. 

“I was the only one out of all the gubernatorial candidates that had the fortitude to call for the Speaker to stand down,” said Fung. 

Clearly the race for Speaker, has heated up the race for Governor.