Cianci: ‘Never say never’ on run for mayor of Providence

By Dan McGowan

Vincent “Buddy” Cianci is not ruling out adding his name to the growing list of candidates interested in succeeding Mayor Angel Taveras if he runs for governor in 2014, the former mayor said Thursday.

“I would never say never,” Cianci told

The WPRO-AM talk radio host has long been rumored to be considering throwing his hat in the ring, but said he has not decided on whether he’ll make another attempt at leading the capital city. Cianci, who said he enjoys his current job, indicated that he won’t consider other potential candidates when he makes his decision.

Cianci’s comments came on the same day that longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced his plans to retire after 20 years in office. Another veteran New England mayor, John DeStefano of New Haven, is also leaving office this year after 19 years of leading Connecticut’s second-largest city.

Despite his former colleagues announcing their departures, Cianci, who turns 72 next month, said his age will not be a factor in whether he chooses to run for office.

“I’m in good health,” Cianci said.

Cianci is one of only two non-Democrats to serve as mayor over the last 100 years, winning his first election in 1974 as a Republican and later winning as an Independent. He left office in 1984 after pleading guilty to felony assault, but was re-elected in 1990. He resigned in 2002 after being convicted on a federal racketeering charge. He has never lost a mayor’s race.

Taveras is widely considered to be mulling a run for governor in two years, but has said he won’t make an official decision until later this year. Council President Michael Solomon, Councilwoman Sabina Matos and educator Victor Capellan have all said they plan to run for mayor if Taveras leaves office.

Dan McGowan ( ) covers politics and the city of Providence for Follow him on Twitter: @danmcgowan


  • Thomas

    Cianci is the only one who can sell Providence!

    • Independent

      That is for sure. Taken out the front door of city hall in handcuffs, sent to jail for five years . Yup a great sell for Providence.

  • eddy

    i never voted in my life but i would register if buddy ran again

  • eddy

    buddy is the best thing that ever happened to providence

  • great guy

    He is a man of conviction…two felonies…

  • ohsnaponu

    Oh dear God No.

  • Jenn

    Do us all a favor and say NEVER Cianci! You suck……NEXT!

  • john

    Buddy,the only person to clean up Providence.Why would anyone go to Prov.after the sun goes down?

  • Art

    I thought Convicted felons could not run for office but then again this is RI

  • Dan

    Cianci is eligible to run in 2014. He sold Providence alright. He sold jobs, and tax assessments and anything else he could get away with. Check the facts, crime was higher when he was running the city in the 90’s. Young kids were carjacked off the downtown streets and shot execution style on a golf course in Johnston. And while he promoted the hell out of downtown he let neighborhood infrastructure crumble. You don’t think that roads, sidewalks and schools deteriorated overnight. He even admitted on his talk show that he under funded the pension system because the City didn’t have the money, while increasing the city budget year after year. Lets talk about the good old days, correctly.

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