Buddy Cianci is running for mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and it’s causing quite a stir. Cianci has been mayor of Providence twice before. First from 1975 to 1984,locally called Buddy I, and the second time from 1991 to 2002, called Buddy II. Even though he was forced to resign both times because of felony convictions, the 73 year old convicted felon says he wants a ‘final rodeo’. Buddy Cianci admits he’s made mistakes, but is quick to point out he has paid his debt to society and Buddy III will be different.
As an article in the Washington Post points out, a poll of prospective voters conducted by the Providence Journal shows Cianci is in the lead, if Christian Broda’s analysis is correct. Apparently city voters agree with him that he has the experience necessary to be an effective mayor. His opponent, Jorge Elorza, is bringing in President Barack Obama in an attempt to sway the election in his favor.
Even though his first term as mayor ended with a conviction for assaulting a man he said had an affair with his wife, and he was sentenced to five years in federal prison for corruption in his second term, Cianci soldiers on.