Buddy-related Quote of the Day

Today's Quote of the Day, naturally, relates to the news of Buddy Cianci's pending gig, following his release from the federal pen, at the plush Boston hotel Fifteen Beacon, and it comes from Boston PR maven George Regan, who represents the hotel's owner.

Asked by the ProJo's Michael McKinney why the former Providence mayor would work at the hotel, Regan said: "[Hotel owner] Paul Roiff wants to do the right thing. And [Cianci's] got to have a job. So why not? The Providence Journal is not going to hire him."

Understatement of the decade, George.

There's little love lost between Rhode Island's former rascal king and the state's newspaper of record. In fact, because of this, Cianci once had a (not wholly realistic) secret plan to buy the ProJo:

Cianci seemed serious enough a few years ago when he ran into a member of the Providence Newspaper Guild at Murphy's, a downtown bar, and expressed his interest in buying the Journal in cooperation with the Guild. "It wasn't much more specific than he thought he could line up some major backers," says Guild administrator Tim Schick. "We attempted to follow up, but there was never any [additional] contact made. He never got back to us."

Another hint of Cianci's aspiration to become a media mogul came during a September 2000 roast of Phoenix columnists Phillipe and Jorge at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet. ProJo columnist Bob Kerr, the master of ceremonies for the event, recalls how Cianci told him "that when he bought the Journal, the first thing he would do is have me pick up his shirts every morning. He also said, although I did not hear it, that he was going to change the name of Fountain Street to Cianci Way, so the Journal would have to put his name on the letterhead."

Btw, N4N agrees with those who believe the ProJo has treated David Cicilline, relatively speaking, with kid gloves, and also that Cicilline has put city government on a stronger ethical footing. 

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