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Politico on the Cianci Book

Ted Nesi, over at WPRI, has already drawn attention to the lengthy Politico story on Buddy Cianci's forthcoming memoir. But if you haven't read it already, N4N highly recommends a a gander - it's an amusing read and a reminder of how Cianci beguiled a state.

After his third electoral victory in 1982, by which time he had left the GOP and become an independent, Cianci was convicted of assaulting his ex-wife's alleged lover with a fireplace log ("which wasn't true," Cianci writes, "I never hit him with it"). He left office in 1984.

In 1990, after the period he calls his "hiatus," he mounted a comeback, winning three more elections before being convicted in 2002 of the racketeering charge that sent him to the federal pen.

Along the way, Cianci shepherded the turnaround of a dirty, depressed, post-industrial Northeastern city. "Let me illustrate it this way," he writes: "On the night of my inauguration the police got an emergency phone call that several monkeys were escaping from our zoo. You know you're in trouble when your monkeys are trying to get out of town."

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