IS MATTIELLO USING THE JCLS TO RETALIATE?
According to a recent WPRI news report, a performance audit of the Convention Center Authority was ordered by Frank Montanaro Jr, the executive director of the Joint Committee on Legislative Services (JCLS), soon after James Demers, a friend, constituent and donor of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, was put on administrative leave at his job at the Convention Center Authority. A performance audit of a quasi-public agency has not been performed by the Auditor General in about a decade. The JCLS has not met for many years and other members of the JCLS appear not to have been consulted on the audit.
Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Sue Cienki commented: “An audit of the Convention Center Authority has been long overdue. The Convention Center Authority has cost Rhode Island taxpayers millions every year for years. It is suspicious, that only after a donor and friend of the Speaker gets into trouble at his job at the Convention Center Authority is an audit ordered by the Speaker ."
Cienki continued: “The JCLS has an obligation to meet and determine exactly why an audit was ordered of the Convention Center after Mr. Demers got in trouble at his job. The public deserves to know if government resources are being used by Speaker Mattiello to satisfy a petty personal grudge. If the JCLS won’t meet and explain what is going on, then perhaps the Attorney General should investigate.”