Raimondo’s office not told about Chafee’s 38 Studios briefingMay 25th, 2012 at 7:34 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
38 Studios isn’t the only organization having communication problems this week.
During a press conference on Friday, Governor Chafee told reporters his office organized a briefing on the company’s situation for the state’s four other general officers. He said the only general officer who didn’t send a staff member to the briefing was Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
That came as news to Raimondo’s spokeswoman, Joy Fox. ”We found out about yesterday’s general officers briefing from the media today,” she told WPRI.com on Friday night.
Last week Chafee’s office abruptly canceled a scheduled briefing for Raimondo after The Providence Journal previewed it, which led the governor’s spokeswoman to suggest the treasurer was only interested in “a press stunt.” Raimondo and Chafee are widely expected to square off in the 2014 gubernatorial race.
On Friday, though, Fox wasn’t taking the bait. “The treasurer’s office will continue to try to reschedule,” she said, declining to answer more questions.
Update: The governor’s team is just as surprised at what the treasurer’s office is saying.
“That’s obviously a mistake, since the treasurer and the governor spoke directly about a briefing to be held that day at a time to be determined,” Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger told WPRI.com on Friday night.
Chafee’s and Raimondo’s staff members spoke repeatedly in the late morning and early afternoon as they figured out what time the governor could hold the briefing, Hunsinger said. At one point they tentatively settled on 2:30 p.m., until it was found out that time didn’t work.
More phone calls followed, and the governor’s office finally told the treasurer’s office that the 38 Studios briefing would be held at 3 p.m. The treasurer’s office then informed the governor’s office that Raimondo could not attend at 3 p.m., Hunsinger said.
“The governor remains willing to brief the treasurer,” she added.