Fox to Raimondo's Office; Connors to Advocacy Solutions

The post-election merry-go-round continues to turn, with Congressman Langevin's spokeswoman Joy Fox moving to treasurer-elect Gina Raimondo's office. She'll be joined in the communications office, there, by Dara Chadwick - a former editor of the Warwick Beacon and the Jamestown Press.

Fox will serve as Raimondo's deputy chief of staff and head of communications and community affairs - an important post, undoubtedly, for a treasurer-elect with some aggressive plans for community outreach. cHadwick will be communications director of the employees' retirement system.

In other news, former Senate Majority Leader Daniel Connors will serve as director of policy and research for respected public affairs and lobbying shop Advocacy Solutions. The firm says it will take several steps to assure that it doesn't run afoul of the state's "revolving-door" law:

Dan's employment with Advocacy Solutions will commence once his term in the Rhode Island General Assembly is completed. Rhode Island's so-called "revolving-door" statute places restrictions on the types of contact elected officials can have with their colleagues in government within a year of leaving state service. After consultation with our legal counsel, Duffy & Sweeney, LTD, Advocacy Solutions has adopted a series of measures that have been established pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 36-14 et seq., the corresponding regulations, and past Rhode Island Ethics Commission advisory opinions to create a safe harbor for clients and staff during Connors' first year of employment. They are as follows:

  • As stated in his employment agreement with Advocacy Solutions, Connors will be prohibited from and in no way will, either directly or indirectly, participate in efforts to lobby or engage in any business with the Rhode Island General Assembly on behalf of Advocacy Solutions clients during the first year of his employment;
  • A "Chinese wall" or information barrier has been put in place to ensure that conflicts of interest are avoided and will segregate Connors from any ongoing business that Advocacy Solutions has or will have with the Rhode Island General Assembly during Connors first year of his employment;
  • The 10-person Advocacy Solutions team will engage in professional training prior to Connors' official start date. The training will be led by attorneys from Duffy & Sweeney, LTD. to ensure full compliance with the revolving-door statute and the firm's newly adopted policies.
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