Cianci defeat represents break from old Providence

AP News
Posted: Nov 06, 2014 3:02 PM
Cianci defeat represents break from old Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For 40 years, Buddy Cianci has been known as the mayor of Providence, even while serving time in federal prison for corruption or hosting a radio talk show while in political exile for his crimes.

Tuesday's decision by voters to reject Cianci's comeback bid for a seventh term represents a repudiation of the politics of the old Providence and its "know-a-guy" culture that gave the city a reputation it's still trying to shake.

Democratic Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza connected with younger voters and built ties in the city's wealthy East Side. Even his Republican opponent voted for him.

Current Mayor Angel Taveras says Elorza's campaign is representative of the new Providence, now nearly 40 percent Hispanic. That's grown significantly since Cianci ran his last campaign in 1998.