Rhode Island’s first ‘first gentleman’ picks his first cause

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state’s first gentleman is taking part in a marketing campaign as his first initiative in his new role.

Andy Moffit is the state’s first “first gentleman” as Gov. Gina Raimondo’s husband.

Moffit joined with the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Rhode Island Hospitality Association on Monday to announce the second annual “Do-Over-Day” to support local businesses.

Do-Over-Day will be held April 18. Residents and visitors are being asked to do over any plans that were ruined by bad weather this winter. The campaign includes discounts and promotions.

Moffit and Raimondo canceled plans to go out to dinner in Providence on Valentine’s Day because of snow. They plan to go to several restaurants April 18, Moffit said.

This is the first time Moffit is publicly supporting an endeavor and partnering with local organizations as the first gentleman.

“It’s a small way I can help raise awareness and do something small for the state that could really help a lot of people,” Moffit said.

Moffit has greeted visitors at the Statehouse and spoke at an education event. He said he’s not sure what project he will take on next.

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