WOONSOCKET â Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt was in an odd spot over the weekend when her hand-picked city solicitor, State Rep. Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) and State Rep. Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Cranston), another friend, went toe-to-toe in a bid to replace the scandal-plagued former House Speaker Gordon D. Fox.
After a late-night meeting that included Mattiello at City Hall Saturday, Baldelli-Hunt, herself a former Democratic lawmaker, affirmed her support for him as the next speaker Monday. Newly-minted State Rep. Michael A. Morin (D-Dist. 49), said he and other members of the House delegation, Rep. Robert Phillips and Rep. Steve Casey (D-Dist. 50), are also supporting Mattiello.
âMike Marcello is a great guy,â said Morin. âI have the utmost respect for him. But Rep. Mattiello provides the smoothest, quickest transition in a difficult time. We made the best choice for Woonsocket and the people will see that.â
But one familiar face in local political circles is already making an issue of Morinâs support for Mattiello. Dave Fisher, who waged an unsuccessful bid for mayor last year, issued a statement warning Morin that he would run against him if he voted for Mattiello over Marcello for speaker â a vote expected to take place Tuesday. Read the full version of this story in Tuesday's newspaper.