Taveras sees ‘an opportunity to think about’ gov run next yearAugust 7th, 2012 at 10:24 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
A Raimondo vs. Taveras bout is looking more and more likely.
During an appearance Tuesday on the WPRO Morning News, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras gave the strongest indication yet he may run for governor in 2014. “Next year we will have an opportunity to think about it,” Taveras told WPRO when asked if he plans to run.
Like Treasurer Gina Raimondo, another likely Democratic candidate, Taveras said he’s had a number of people suggest to him he should throw his hat into the ring. A third Democrat, former Auditor General Ernie Almonte, has already entered the race. Independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee has indicated he will run again, too.
Taveras has proven himself an able fundraiser, but he’s no match for Raimondo. As of June 30, the treasurer had $857,903 on hand while the mayor had $237,239. Chafee had $233,108 and Almonte had $105,046. Among Republican politicians, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is the best-funded, with $136,514 on hand.
A February Brown University poll showed Taveras was Rhode Island’s most popular politician, with a 60% job approval rating statewide, followed closely by Raimondo at 58%. Chafee’s approval rating was a dismal 22%.
A potential Raimondo-Taveras clash in 2014 raises the political stakes for the treasurer in the union lawsuit challenging last year’s pension law, the achievement that vaulted her to fame. Her critics frequently contrast that law’s unilateral benefit cuts with the reductions Taveras and Providence retirees negotiated.