Carcieri goes public in supporting Cicione

Governor Carcieri has just gone public with his support for Gio Cicione as the new GOP state chairman. Last month, N4N broke the story that Cicione had won the governor's support.

Here are the details, from a news release:

“Giovanni Cicione has played an active role in the Rhode Island Republican Party, and I am confident that he has the experience and the energy to continue building the party in the state,” Governor Carcieri said.  “He is a well-respected attorney who is known for his sharp intellect and a keen understanding of politics and policy.

            “Gio and I share a vision of a Republican Party that is a vital, active and inclusive organization that reaches out to diverse communities throughout Rhode Island,” Carcieri continued.  “We also both strongly believe that a two-party system would be healthy for our state’s future.  Like me, Gio is dedicated to uniting the party, to raising money, to growing the ranks of Republicans in our state, and to fielding candidates who offer our citizens a real choice in whom they elect to represent them.”


            “I very much respect the experience and enthusiasm demonstrated by other candidates for this position,” Carcieri said.  “And I appreciate their willingness to take on this important role.”


            “That said, I strongly support Giovanni Cicione to lead the Rhode Island Republican Party,” Carcieri concluded.

It remains to be seen what the conservative faction, led by David Cote and Joe White, does from here.

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