Raimondo, Fung meet in 1st televised debate

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Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:28 PM
Raimondo, Fung meet in 1st televised debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung went after each other's leadership in the first televised debate of the Rhode Island governor's race, while voters also got an introduction to a wild-card third-party candidate.

Raimondo, the treasurer, called Fung's $200-million tax-reduction plan reckless and said he "fumbled" the handling of a Cranston police department ticketing scandal.

The mayor questioned her judgment in the state's rehiring of a firm being sued in the 38 Studios deal and says she didn't bring the parties together in overhauling the public pension system in 2011.

Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey, who is in single digits in polling, says some may say a vote for him is wasted but that voters must "choose wisely" who best represents them.

Tuesday's debate was aired live on WPRI-TV.