PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s Republican Party is challenging the Moderate Party’s replacement of its original gubernatorial candidate, saying it’s concerned the nominating process was circumvented.
GOP Chairman Mark Smiley said Monday he filed an objection over the Moderate Party’s replacement of James Spooner with Cool Moose Party founder Robert Healey. The party says it’s “extremely concerned that the Moderate Party has circumvented the legitimate electoral process for nominating a candidate.”
The objection was filed with the state Board of Elections and the secretary of state’s office. A hearing is scheduled on Wednesday.
The Moderate Party told the secretary of state’s office last week Spooner couldn’t run for health reasons. The secretary of state’s spokeswoman said at the time a replacement candidate can be selected if the one who collected signatures drops out.