In Providence, Rhode Island convicted felon and former jailbird Buddy Cianci is running for mayor. Here is Dan McGowan's take on that in Politico.
The job of mayor is the one Cianci had had before spending four years in prison. His current day job is hosting his own radio program. And, my hunch is that this campaign to return to his old job is mostly comic performance art. He is playing the role of a type of Falstaff character from a Shakespearean play.
The outsized personality he is, Cianci can play many diverse parts. The one he used to seem most at home with, at least before prison, was that of the victim. Very King Learish. He saw himself more sinned against than sinning. Constantly, he claimed to not be "a member of the lucky sperm club." That seemed to indicate he came from poverty. Yet, his family was middle class.
The chip on his shoulder was his signature. It was also the makings of Shakespearean tragedy. He lost control of reality and got on the wrong side of the law, a number of times. That was despite his background as a prosecutor.
I got to know of Cianci when I hunkered down in Providence for four months covering the infamous lead paint public nuisance trial. Before I went there I had read the biography on Cianci "Prince of Providence." Over-the-top fascinated I asked everyone, ranging from the late Peter Lord, journalist at the local newspaper, to waitresses in restaurants. Yes, the consensus was, Cianci is a phenomonen. And, yes, everyone had a anecdote.
Do I want Cianci to win in November? Of course. There's no predicting the story line for Providence with the Prince back.