Déjà vu. Again.
Vincent “Buddy” Cianci held court on Federal Hill as a candidate Wednesday night, looking for his third stint as mayor of Providence.
Cianci shook hands, posed for pictures, and spoke to people gathered at his event and eating dinner in Depasquale Square.
Some things haven't changed.
Cianci was late to the event.
He was an attraction.
He used his old lines when talking about the city he took over decades ago.
“You could take a bowling ball, throw it down Westminster St., you wouldn't hit a soul,” he said.
Cianci told NBC10, “I think the issues are a lot different from when I was mayor, but in some ways they're the same. I think the city needs some reinvigoration.”
Cianci announced that he his running earlier on the day on his talk radio show on WPRO.
While Cianci is quick to tout his work years ago turning the city around, saying he helped bring business back to Providence and embraced the arts, another part of his past is hard to ignore, too.
He twice resigned as mayor as a felon, in 1984 and again in 2002.
Asked if voters can trust him, Cianci told NBC10, “That’s up to them. I am the most vetted person running for office, probably in America. What you see is what you get.”
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