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Openly Gay Providence Mayor to Run for Kennedy House Seat


Providence Mayor David Cicilline announced today he's running for the House seat being vacated by Patrick Kennedy:

"Cicilline became the second Democrat on Saturday to declare his candidacy for the seat, just two days after Kennedy's unexpected announcement that he would not seek relection. Cicilline's announcement, at a hastily called news conference held at the site of swine-flu vaccination clinic, came just hours after William Lynch, chairman of the state Democratic party, said he will seek the seat. Cicilline, 49, the state's first openly gay mayor, said he would not step down as Providence's mayor during his run for Congress. He has held the job for eight years."

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  1. I'm Connecticut-based, so admittedly, I'm not as up on events within Rhode Island. I'm stoked, however, by the potential of the state moving forward on a number of fronts. Just think: 1) new state House speaker Gordon Fox is a gay African-American; 2) Anti-gay nazi Gov. Carcieri replaced by a Democrat, perhaps Attorney General Lynch (even former Republican now independent Linc Chafee would be a vast improvement); 3) Now the prospect of Cicilline running for the House seat! Yahoo! Marriage could not be far off...

    Posted by: Bryan | Feb 13, 2010 7:25:02 PM

  2. Good luck to him!

    Posted by: KFLO | Feb 13, 2010 7:33:07 PM

  3. Great news! We need more openly gay members of Congress. We really need a Senator also!

    Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 13, 2010 9:25:34 PM

  4. Cicilline is more a politician than a gay man. And the unions hate him.

    Posted by: rhoder | Feb 13, 2010 9:37:55 PM

  5. Providence should hope that Cicilline gets elected to Congress...he has done nothing for Providence. Unions cant stand him, the police/fire depts dont respect him, commercial development in Providence came to a halt BEFORE the economy did, and he spends more time in bars and drag shows than he does networking and working for the city....GOOD RIDDANCE.

    P.S. He does make a great grand marshall for Gay Pride though.

    Posted by: John | Feb 14, 2010 12:54:33 AM

  6. Honestly, I'm not sure having the unions hate you is a bad thing. While they do some good things, they do plenty of harm also.

    Posted by: ChicagoRick | Feb 14, 2010 7:28:27 AM

  7. Providence, Rhode Island, and the south coast of Massachusetts is in HORRIBLE economic shape. R.I. unemployment is above 12% and places like New Bedford above 20%. I was shocked to the condition Pro is in the other day (it's only 40 miles from Boston) stores closed everywhere, etc., Honestly R.I. is known as being very corrupt, huge La Costa Nostra presence, and Pro is known as the home of Brown U., RISD, and a generally very permissive, crazy club, bar atmosphere...typical of places with a lot of corruption and poor economy. Everybody in Boston knows why folks go down to Pro on the weekends.

    I'd say from personal observations and inter-action with locals their 'Gay' mayor has done a shitty job. The admittedly corrupt Buddy Cianci was a far better mayor.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Feb 14, 2010 10:44:40 AM

  8. ..Few years ago, my partner and I where waiting for a cab at the Providence airport..when all of the sudden he offered to have one of his drivers take us downtown. We hesitated but he insisted. His personal driver dropped us off at a downtown restaurant..he was really nice, talk about a random encounter!

    Posted by: Paul and Chris | Feb 14, 2010 6:15:03 PM

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