. . . Just glad to see me?

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 15, 2010

Happily, P+J have the answer to Mr. Donovan's query, to the extent that it pertains to John "J.R." Pagliarini. The office would be that of chief of staff at Providence City Hall.

No, your superior correspondents will not neglect to mention that J.R. is indeed a friend of ours and we are thoroughly biased in his favor. Because we know and respect Mr. Pagliarini, we will predict, hell, we'll guarantee you that if and when all the facts and figures become evident in the little incident whereby he was alleged to have collected unemployment insurance for a week that overlapped with his employment in the Chafee campaign, the charge will be shown to be without merit. But the operative phrase here is "if and when." We have our doubts that the truth will ever be fully revealed because it will also show that this was orchestrated in order to smear J.R. and that the people involved engaged in a felony. If the investigation of this incident comes up empty, it will because of that and one other obvious fact: those responsible were "connected" (as they say in Our Little Towne).

If you are a resident of Providence you have reason to feel a bit more confidence in the new mayor of the capital city as Angel Taveras has chosen well in selecting someone with the skills and integrity of J.R. Pagliarini.

Send more daylight and Pulitzer-grade tips to p&j@phx.com.

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