In Case You Missed It: Fox Scandal - Winners and Losers

Saturday, March 29, 2014
GoLocalProv News Team

"In Case You Missed It," GoLocal's weekend feature, that gives you a second chance to read this week's top news story. Check out what dominated the news cycle this week in Providence and get all the details with these easy links.

Fox Scandal - Winners and Losers

The resignation of Speaker of the House Gordon Fox has created a power vacuum and redefined the political landscape in Rhode Island.

The events trigger one of the most dramatic power shifts in Rhode Island's history. The explanation of why Fox resigned has yet to be fully disclosed, but the implications are already profound.

Read More about the scandal's winners and losers here


Read more about the modern history of political scandals in Rhode Island here

  • Winner

    Peter F, Neronha, U.S. Attorney

    The bold action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation coupled with Internal Revenue Service investigators raiding the Speaker of the House's office was a major statement by federal authorities.

    The investigation tied to now-former Speaker Fox sets expectations of a far broader probe.

    Neronha has also indicted developer Richard Baccari and was key to the">Google Settlement that brought $230 million to Rhode Island. 

  • Winner

    Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed


    Generally, the Senate President plays second fiddle to the Speaker of the House, but with a new Speaker to be voted on as early as Tuesday, Paiva Weed's influence will shoot up in the transition.


    She will be more influential in the budget process.


    Look for Paiva Weed to make a move on controlling the Joint Committee on Legislative Services - the proverbial legislative grab bag for jobs and grants.

  • Winner

    Majority Leader Nick Mattiello


    As GoLocal Tweeted on Friday, the Cranston Representative and Majority Leader has the edge to take control of the House.


    Mattiello (as of Sunday Night) has approximately 40 votes and the momentum necessary to replace Fox.


    Mattiello has strong support from former Speaker and lobbyist Bill Murphy. A Mattiello Speakership may cause a big shake up in Committee Chairs and senior staffing.

  • Winner

    Former Speaker Bill Murphy


    Murphy and Fox worked together for more than a decade and their relationship had both ups and downs. Nick Mattiello, if elected Speaker, is a close ally to former Speaker Bill Murphy.


    Murphy had served as Speaker from 2003 to 2010. The former legislator has a successful criminal defense practice and is a lobbyist for notable clients (2013) for UTGR (Twin River), Advance America Cash Advance, and the Brotherhood of Correction Officers.


    Murphy will emerge as an ever greater influencer with Mattiello as Speaker.

  • Loser

    Gina Raimondo


    The resignation by Gordon Fox is a political hit to the General Treasurer who went big for Fox in his surprisingly tough re-election against story teller Mark Binder.


    Binder hit Fox both for his role in 38 Studios and his legal work for PEDP applicants.


    Raimondo decided to publicly support Fox and walk his district with the embattled Speaker.


    It should be noted that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras also supported Fox, but Raimondo claims to be the reformer in this race.

  • Loser

    Fox's Committee Chairs (if Mattiello wins)


    Fox loyalists who have pledged their support to Michael Marcello will be in trouble as will their agendas if Mattiello is in fact elected Speaker on Tuesday. 


    Committee Chairs like Helio Mello, Edith Ajello, and Arthur "Doc" Corvese might all be replaced as they backed Marcello. 

  • Loser

    Providence's Budget


    For the past decade, Providence could always count of Gordon Fox to help bail the Providence Budget out of trouble.


    From Finance Committee Chair, then-Majority Leader and ultimately-Speaker, Providence Mayors knew that Fox -- the Mount Hope section of Providence Representative -- would increase aid to Providence in one way or another. 


    Providence always found an extra few millions from Fox. That access is likely to end in 2014 further impacting the City of Providence's budget issues.



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