RI Lieutenant Gov. Candidate Asks Secretary of State to Step Away from 38 Studios Investigation

Cumberland, Rhode Island Mayor Dan McKee showed a flair for the dramatic this week when he brought a letter to the race for lieutenant governor, according to the Providence Journal. Mollis showed up at the State House to personally hand-deliver a letter to his democratic primary opponent, current Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.

McKee made his dramatic move today following the inquiry that Mollis’s office launched Tuesday into potential unregistered lobbying by lawyer and tax-credit broker Michael Corso. Corso who had a number of deals associated with 38 Studios lobbied lawmakers in 2010 – prior to the studios getting a $75 million loan from the state. But Corso never registered with the state as a lobbyist.

In his letter, McKee ask Mollis to recuse himself from the investigation because he is too closely entrenched in the 2010 loan deal, McKee has argued in the past that Mollis voted for the legislation as a lawmaker back in 2010.

“Please do what is right for Rhode Island. Step down from the investigation and allow the State to retain a truly independent counsel . . .an objective professional who is not hired by your office and who is not a State House insider.”

“This State deserves a fully independent investigation that includes a review of the failings of the Secretary of State’s office,” the letter says.

You can read the entire letter here.

As a general rule, letters from opponents engaged in a political campaign against you don't tend to have much in the power of persuasion department. It makes for great headlines, at least.

Source: Providence Journal

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