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Gina Raimondo’s Administration In Rhode Island A Lie-Fest, State Legislators Say

January 23, 2021

Some Rhode Island state legislators say state executive branch officials have routinely lied to them under Governor Gina Raimondo.

Critics of the Democratic governor’s aides include both Democrats and Republicans.

“Garbage-in, garbage-out,” said state Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D-Warwick) on Thursday, January 21, according to The Providence Journal, adding that “department heads are in lock-step to lie to us.”

State Representative William O’Brien (D-North Providence) said a community college official told his committee “an outright lie” about new hires at the school. Told there were none, legislators later learned about several, including five administrators, O’Brien said, according to the Providence Journal.

State Representative Patricia Serpa (D-West Warwick) wasn’t as specific, but she confirmed the criticism that Raimondo administration officials often mislead state legislators — “… suffice it to say that we are told one thing by admins & we often receive tips, documents & other info contradicting what was publicly said,” Serpa said in a tweet Friday, January 22.

 

Governor Raimondo is President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. secretary of commerce. As of Saturday night, January 23, her Twitter account and press office had not responded to The Providence Journal’s story.

The Republican minority leader of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, state Representative Blake Filippi of Block Island, is calling for the House to require witnesses to swear an oath to tell the truth under penalty of perjury. It’s not clear if his proposal will proceed.

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