Cicilline dismisses Loughlin’s call for probe of city financesNovember 28th, 2011 at 1:51 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
Over the weekend, a spokesman for former State Rep. John Loughlin said federal prosecutors should investigate whether Cicilline knew about the capital city’s money woes, including the alleged mismanagement of the Providence Community Action Program and the high default rate on loans granted by the Providence Economic Development Partnership.
“I don’t believe Cicilline was unaware of the high default rate regarding the PDEP, or what was occurring at ProCAP,” Loughlin spokesman Mike Napolitano said. “He’s either severely incompetent or had full knowledge of what was going on, so which is it.”
Cicilline spokeswoman Nicole Kayner on Monday fired back at Loughlin, who is serving in Iraq through the end of this year and planning to challenge Brendan Doherty for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District.
“The Loughlin campaign wants to rerun the last campaign but David Cicilline is now in Congress and working to create jobs and to save Medicare from efforts by some in Mr. Loughlin’s party to privatize or virtually eliminate it,” Kayner told WPRI.com.
“As for the ProCAP matter, David has every confidence that the new acting director, Frank Shea, with the support of the Mayor will hold the agency employees accountable and does not plan on superseding the mayor’s authority or board’s responsibility with a federal investigation,” Kayner added.
Earlier this month, Cicilline described the allegations about ProCAP “serious” but declined to call for the resignation of Frank Corbishley, who served as the agency’s executive director throughout the mayoral tenures of Cicilline and his predecessor, Buddy Cianci. The ProCAP board suspended Corbishley last week.
Unlike Loughlin, Doherty has not tied Cicilline to the ProCAP scandal directly, but earlier this month the former state police colonel issued a statement saying the problems at the agency are the sort that “have destroyed public trust in Congress and in our entire government.”