Attorney General Patrick Lynch today became the latest of the possible Democratic gubernatorial candidates for 2010 to demur when asked about his political plans for the future.
Appearing on WPRI-WNAC's Newsmakers (broadcast Sunday at 5:30 AM on Channel 12, and at 10 AM on Fox 64), Lynch treated as a trifle the move of Ani Haroian, his political guru and formerly one of his top aides, to the employ of possible gubernatorial rival Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline. Joking about being very aware that he will be termed out in 2010, Lynch -- like Ciciline and Frank Caprio before him -- says he is nonetheless unsure of his plans for the next general election season.
Cicilline's success in attracting Haroian, as well as his ongoing fundraising, strengthen indications that he is positioning himself for a gubernatorial run. For his part, Lynch described Haroian as being "like family" and scoffed at the suggestion that her departure might influence his political decision-making.
(RI Future, meanwhile, has the details of how former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey continues to emerge from his self-imposed hibernation.)
In other issues, the AG expressed chagrin at not being asked to participate in the Carcieri administration's efforts to cut costs by diminishing the number of inmates at the ACI. The unfortunate -- and more important -- fact is that Rhode Island is lagging behind other states in seeking solutions on this front.
Asked by panelist Tim White what names he suggested to Carcieri as a possible successor for former state police Superintendent Steven Pare, Lynch offered only one: Major Steven O'Donnell, who has served as the interim leader of the department.