At least one protester was arrested as public employees and union officials denounced General Treasurer Gina Raimondo at a fundraiser.
The Providence Journal reported that about 300 women cheered Raimondo Thursday night when she said she's thinking about "being the first female governor this state's ever seen."
Hundreds of public employees and union leaders, furious about pension changes spearheaded by Raimondo, protested outside her fundraiser.
One protester was arrested after refusing Providence police orders to move from the entrance.
Raimondo was the architect of a landmark pension overhaul being challenged in court by unions. Pension increases were suspended and retirement ages were raised for many state and municipal workers.
Raimondo told the crowd of mostly women that the reforms preserved the pensions and will help city finances.