FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2015
Name: Brandon S, Bell, Chairman
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Warwick, RI - Governor Gina Raimondo speaks about moving the state FORWARD economically. Yet, today we learned what she actually wants is for Rhode Island to move backwards when it comes to ethics.
It was reported today that former State Representative Donald Lally, who stepped down from the General Assembly only months ago, was hired as a "small business liaison" by Governor Raimondo, and then was promptly loaned out to the Department of Business Regulation (DBR).
Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon S. Bell asserted that this appointment violates the spirit behind the revolving door law which was enacted to prevent members of the General Assembly from landing a state job less than one year after they left office. Bell stated: "A small business liaison who works at DBR and talks with municipalities about small businesses does not sound like a senior policy-making position in the Governor's office, it sounds like an obvious attempt to circumvent the Revolving Door law. Has Mr. Lally asked for an advisory opinion from the Ethics Commission about his new job?"
It was also reported Lally took the state job because he wanted to "improve the business climate." Bell speculated that it may have more to do with improving Lally's potential pension. Bell noted that because Lally was elected prior to 1994, he could have earned pension credits for his service in the General Assembly. Bell questioned: "Does Mr. Lally currently have or can he purchase any credits in the state pension system for his years as a state legislator, and if so, will this new job increase any potential pension he might receive from the taxpayers?"
Bell asserted: "It appears that we are going back to the good old days with old boy network politics under Raimondo. You can't move Rhode Island forward by going backwards on ethics."
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