The most powerful politician in my former home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is not the Governor.

It’s the Speaker of the House.

And Mr. Speaker, Gordon Fox, is stepping down as Speaker after the feds and state police raided his office and home yesterday.

Projo reports:

On the day after state and federal investigators raided his State House office and home, House Speaker Gordon D. Fox has announced his intention to resign as speaker.

He issued this statement:

“The Rhode Island House of Representatives is an institution that I deeply respect and serving my constituents has been a major part of my life for the past 22 years. I will not let yesterday’s events distract my colleagues from addressing the challenges facing Rhode Island.”

“Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I am resigning as Speaker. The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner.”

“I want to thank my colleagues and loyal staff for all that we were able to accomplish together. I will continue to serve out the remainder of my term and represent my neighbors and constituents in District 4. That said, I do not intend to seek another term in the House.”

“My personal focus going forward will be on my family and dealing with the investigation. Because of the nature of this matter, I will not be commenting further.”

Corruption runs deep in my former homeland. Remember Buddy Cianci, convicted of running a criminal enterprise, namely, Providence City Hall?

There have been rumors of Fox being involved in sweetheart deals benefitting his law firm for years.

Radio host John DePetro throws out this tantalizing connection between Fox and Congressman David Cicilline :

Sources say the main focus of the probe stems from loans and the Providence Economic Partnership Development. The mayor at the time was David Cicilline and the attorney was Josh Teverow. It raised a few eyebrows when there was talk of payments in cash, unreported income, and fake addresses. Is Cicilline the target? Unknown and he is silent. Is Teverow involved? Unknown and he is not talking.

I guess we’ll find out sooner or later is he was a crook. And who else is going down with him. Or ratted him out already.