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.
â€śMike Marcello is a great guy,â€ť said Morin. â€śI 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€ť
But one familiar face in local political circles is already making an issue of Morinâ€™s 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.