Ex-Providence mayor considers post-prison comeback

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2002 file photo, former Providence, R.I., Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci waves to supporters in Providence, after being sentenced to federal prison for his conviction on racketeering conspiracy charges. The two-time mayor, who twice was forced from office after felony convictions, said he is considering a run for the office again in the 2014 election. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Buddy Cianci served two stints as mayor of Rhode Island’s capital city, and both ended in felony convictions. Now he may try for a third.

Cianci’s charisma and shenanigans put him and Providence in the national spotlight — for good and ill — during his 21 years at the city’s helm. He says he’s leaning toward running again, 12 years after his conviction in a federal investigation into widespread corruption in his administration.

Cianci says if he were mayor again, he could use his personality and experience to inject excitement back into the city.

The mere discussion of a Cianci candidacy is dreaded in some quarters, as residents and others worry it will hurt the city’s reputation.

Cianci is deciding whether he would run as a Democrat or an independent. The filing deadline is June 25.

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