Calif. congresswoman headlining LA fundraiser for Taveras

By Dan McGowan

He may not be ready to confirm that he’s running for governor in 2014, but Providence Mayor Angel Taveras certainly appears to be putting the pieces together for a statewide campaign.

Taveras is in Los Angeles today where Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is hosting a fundraising for the first-term mayor, according to campaign finance director Peter Baptista. Records show Sanchez previously contributed $1,000 to Taveras’s mayoral campaign in 2010.

In addition to the fundraiser, Baptista said Taveras plans to meet with “major Democratic donors” while he’s in California.

Taveras had just over $413,000 in his campaign account as of Dec. 31, trailing only General Treasurer and likely Democratic primary opponent Gina Raimondo among those considering a run for governor. Raimondo had $1.36 million in her war chest by the end of 2012.

The fundraising trip out west comes a week after the Providence City Council unanimously approved a pension settlement with the city’s police and fire unions and retirees that Taveras says will save the city $18 million. If they do run against each either, Taveras will likely tout his pension changes efforts over Raimondo’s statewide reforms, which are currently tied up in court.

Aside from Taveras and Raimondo, Cranston Mayor Allen Fung, former Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty, former Congressman Bob Weygand and Moderate Party Chairman Ken Block are considering a run for the state’s top job. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has indicated he intends to seek re-election.

Chafee on Monday was named the most vulnerable governor in country for 2014 by the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blog.

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

3 thoughts on “Calif. congresswoman headlining LA fundraiser for Taveras

  1. So with recent events among the four potential candidates, Gina seems to have the most money following her in more than one way. Does this mean that Rhode Islanders are going to vote for her? Aside from her pension reform which she is seems to be unraveling in the courts, in the media, definitely by the union workers and now it seems in Wall Street, what else has she contributed to management wise?

    Mayor Fung is hard at work on making his city work, although taxes are through the roof.

    Mayor Taveras is also hard at work with some ingenuity. Actually, this kid that came from no where seems to have a better grip on reality. I am sure he has a lot more to do and there are some shortfalls but isn’t this the kid that was not supposed to succeed at all.

    I hear the other much younger kid in Central Falls is already doing similar as his mentor–privatizing garbage pick up. I don’t know if it is the right thing but it is the money thing and right now the money thing is the driving force for many new decisions.

    While it is doubtful that Rhode Islanders can see their way into electing a Hispanic Governor from Providence, maybe his run is sufficient to make the other candidates choke on real commitments and roll out a plan that the state can live with long term.

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