Providence Mayor's Ray of Sunshine
Cianci Faces U.S. Charges but Has 64 Percent Approval in Poll

Associated Press
Thursday, June 14, 2001; Page A16

PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 13 -- Proving honesty isn't a job requirement for a Rhode Island politician, more than 40 percent of voters polled think Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. is guilty of the racketeering charges against him, but nearly three-quarters think he is doing a great job.

"The city has undergone a wonderful transformation, and the poll numbers show that people are appreciative," Cianci said.

Cianci, the longest-serving mayor in Providence history, has been credited with reclaiming the city from the depths of industrial decay. Under his watch, the state's capital has become a model for urban renewal with parks, cultural venues and a sprawling new downtown shopping mall.

"Providence was a dump 10 years ago," said Matthew Guttin, 23, an intern at a downtown law firm.

According to a Brown University poll released today, Cianci's job approval rating is 64 percent, up 4 percentage points since last October. And 70 percent believe he has shown strong leadership. But 41 percent also say the mayor is guilty of the racketeering charges against him.

The poll of 400 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

The mayor and four of his top aides have pleaded not guilty to extortion and bribery charges stemming from the FBI's four-year Operation Plunder Dome investigation.

If convicted, Cianci would join a long line of Rhode Island governors, judges, legislators and mayors who used their offices for criminal activities.

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