Can Cicilline go statewide?

With Rhode Island's 2006 election season barely having passed, a potentially large field of prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidates is already shaping up for 2010, including Frank Caprio, David Cicilline, Patrick Lynch, Elizabeth Roberts and perhaps Charlie Fogarty. Cicilline has cultivated a lot of positive press since taking office in 2002, but any number of politically gifted mayors -- including Buddy Cianci and Boston's Kevin White -- have received rude awakenings when they've tried to run statewide.

Asked this week on WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers whether someone like himself can successfully run for governor, Cicilline pointed to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as mayors who've made the leap, adding "The answer is, of course."

Cicilline has his work cut out in his second term, with plans for a heightened focus on improving Providence schools and decreasing urban poverty -- things that will likely take more than another term in office. In an interesting bit from Sunday's show, the mayor said he was unaware of the motive for the City Council's recent rules change (criticized as a power play on the part of the new majority that he helped support), yet, in a seeming contradiction, Cicilline said the change wasn't intended to sink specific legislation, including the living wage proposal. 



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