Losing R.I. lawmakers blame outside forces

The two state lawmakers who lost in Tuesday’s primary say the outcome had less to do with their campaigns than those of their challengers, and the people who were backing them.

In Providence, Democrat Maria Cimini points to her opponent’s support from House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. 

And in Newport, Democrat Peter Martin points to his opponent’s support from people who oppose adding table games at the Newport Grand slot parlor.

“The forces of the casino group are what wiped us out,” Martin said when asked about his race. “That’s the way it is, and I just have to accept it and move on.”

For Martin, the loss comes after three terms as a lawmaker. For Cimini, it comes after one. “Obviously, I would have preferred to win,” she said. 

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September 10th, 2014. Providence Journal