I saw this bumper sticker over Labor Day weekend in downtown Providence, in my former home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. My wife had seen one on a different car a couple of days earlier.
Former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci has been covered here before regarding his conviction under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
In his first act as Mayor of Providence, Buddy resigned in 1984 after being convicted of assaulting his wife’s alleged paramour with a fire log and lit cigarette. (Seriously.)
Buddy had a comeback but in 2002 was convicted of running a criminal enterprise, namely, Providence City Hall. Cianci was found not guilty of 26 specific criminal charges. The only charge on which he was convicted was RICO conspiracy.
Buddy has been out of federal prison for several years, and has a very successful radio show. He is still adored by many, regardless of his legal problems. He is a natural retail politician.
Politics is in Buddy’s soul, and he’s running for Mayor again as an Independent: