EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - The race to replace Congressman Patrick Kennedy in the First Congressional District continues to heat up following our exclusive Eyewitness News-Providence Journal Campaign 2010 televised debate Tuesday Night.
On Wednesday during a debate on WPRO radio, Democrat David Cicilline and Republican John Loughlin wasted no time continuing their agressive attacks.
One exchange focused on social security.
Loughlin: "I had an 84-year-old gentleman approach me and say, he said, 'David Cicilline told me you want to take my social security and put it in a 401K.' That couldn't be further from the truth. And it's not the way campaigns should run and it's not what voters deserve."
Cicilline: "There's no question Rep. Loughlin voted against a resolution urging Congress not to privatize social security. There were only 7 members of the House who did that."
Another exchange focused on the candidates' records.
Loughlin: "...A $70 million deficit for the next mayor to deal with. Unfunded pension liabilities under his watch went from $300 million to $1.2 billion for the next mayor to deal with. Gave away the store to the firefighters and left the next mayor to deal with that."
Cicilline: "It's a little heard to take when John Loughlin was part of the General Assembly that cut..."
Loughlin: "And I voted against that budget."
Cicilline: "...Who was ineffective in stopping it. Whether he voted against it or not, his voice was obviously not head in the General Assembly. $152 million that was cut."
The Rhode Island State House is staying open late this weekend so residents can check out its holiday decorations.
A teenager and his uncle were arrested Wednesday after police raided an Attleboro home to find thousands of dollars worth of drugs.
East Bay residents met in Portsmouth Wednesday evening to meet with local legislators to discuss the tolls on the Sakonnet River bridge.
Patrick Ladapo was arrested in August after two women claimed he sexually assaulted them at a private party at which he was working as an exotic dancer.
The Kansas City Star reports a federal grand jury has indicted 53-year-old Thomas O'Brien of Portsmouth. He and another man are accused of victimizing two young girls between 2005-2008.