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The Lovable Chuck Moreau

This week's Phoenix includes an excellent piece about Central Falls Mayor Chuck Moreau, who apparently intends to run for a fifth term in 2013 whether the city remains in receivership or not.

Moreau is, without question, an interesting character. He's popular and clearly still wants to be in the game. And while the city may be on the verge of bankruptcy, it's not inconceivable that he could win reelection. That is, as long as he stays out of trouble

A native son of undeniable charisma, he's enjoyed broad support in the city — racking up a series of lopsided victories at the polls. But his flaunting of the law has landed him in all kinds of trouble.

State police are investigating him for corruption after he allegedly doled out $2 million in inflated foreclosure board-up contracts to an associate, Robert Bouthilette. And the mayor also stands accused of accepting an improper gift — a dirt-cheap boiler in his home — from the contractor.

But he is defiant. "It's been going on for two years," he says. "If you've got something on me, then charge me. I'm here. Come get me."

Check out the entire story by clicking here.

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