A hundred pounds of clay

More election intrigue; hey Moe!; the Pope is born to be wild
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 16, 2013

P&J were interested to read GoLocalProv’s report this week that Clay Pell, the grandson of legendary United States Senator Claiborne Pell, is mulling a run for Vo Dilun governor in 2014. Clay is a former White House staff member who was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education at the US Dept. of Education this spring. He was also recently in the news when he married two-time Olympic figure skating medalist, Michelle Kwan.

With the two other presumed Democratic contenders for governor, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, unlikely to gain much enthusiasm from labor unions (a key component in most Democratic party coalitions), Pell is an intriguing possibility. So far, as Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report — a pundit with deep RI roots — told GoLocal, Pell has “good name identification,” but his position on a variety of issues and his “vision for the state” are unknown.

Per usual, things get more and more intriguing in the ever-entertaining world of Biggest Little politics.

Latest Stooge News

On a completely different plane of Rhody politics, Katie Mulvaney reported in Tuesday’s BeloJo that John A. Zambarano — aka “Moe, of the Three Stooges” — one of the Naught Providence councilmen who pleaded guilty to extortion and bribery in 2011, had an appeal of his conviction rebuffed by a three-judge panel from the First US Circuit Court.

Moe was seeking to have the conviction vacated with an argument that “mental illness — including extreme anxiety and depression — had rendered him incapable of knowingly and voluntarily entering guilty pleas to the crimes,” as Mulvaney described it. He also tried to blame his attorney, the always-competent Thomas G. Briody, for not seeking to use this argument to lessen the sentence. (Moe was booked into a hospital during the days surrounding his decision to change his plea.)

Apparently the appeals court was not swayed by claims of post-facto mental illness, which is probably a good thing given that such a decision would open the flood gates for similar appeals from half the elected officials of Naught Providence. And while P&J know that issues surrounding mental illness are no joke, there’s something about Moe’s claim that leaves us thinking this is more of a desperate “nyuk, nyuk, nyuk” move than a legitimate claim.

Good Music For Free

One of your superior correspondents’ favorite bands will be playing at one of our favorite watering holes this Friday, October 18: Biscuit City, led by Josh Schurman and featuring the dazzling Paula Clare Ciminero, will be at Nick-a-Nee’s starting at 9 pm. They’ll also be bringing in a few musical friends like Richard Ribb, Chris Brooks, and Cathy Clasper-Torch.

Biscuit City specializes in country-tinged rock and, with Brooks’s pedal steel and Clasper-Torch’s fiddle, it ought to really swing at Nick’s. Who knows? Maybe the swinging proprietress, Stephanie, will even jump up on the bar and dance.

Beats at the Brewhouse

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