Gemma ally was high-profile turncoat in Caprio-Chafee raceAugust 22nd, 2012 at 6:06 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
As Democrat Frank Caprio and independent Lincoln Chafee battled for votes in South Providence during the 2010 gubernatorial election, Caprio’s campaign scored a mid-October coup by convincing a group of Hispanic leaders to switch their allegiance from his rival to the former treasurer.
The president of the group: Laura Perez, who made headlines again Wednesday when she was the first individual to speak up and claim she could prove Anthony Gemma’s allegations of rampant voter fraud.
A Spanish-language news article at the time reported Perez announced the switch to Caprio at an event along Broad Street, which is where Gemma held Wednesday’s news conference. She claimed Chafee was ignoring the Hispanic community, talking about E-Verify but not taxes and economic development.
Records show Perez has run for state representative in every election since 2006, and will be on the ballot again next month against Rep. Grace Diaz. She alleged voter fraud in September 2006 while testifying before the Board of Elections, but state police closed its investigation into the allegation due to a lack of information.
The other two individuals who spoke out after Gemma were Providence City Councilman Wilbur Jennings and a woman who identified herself as Erminia Garcia. There is a registered voter in Providence named Erminia Garcia Lopez who is a member of the Democratic Party Committee in Ward 9, though it’s unclear if they’re the same person.
(photo: Ted Nesi/WPRI)