Bob Flanders told me in a recent interview that there is too much partisan fighting in politics and decried those who “lob bombs at the other side.” Later that week on Twitter he called me a “lefty looney” and insulted my intelligence, my sanity, and my credibility, saying my story was “coup d’ BS.”
Flanders’ tweets were subsequently deleted, but pictured below.
The social media skirmish erupted after I reported on the recent turmoil in East Greenwich, and connected Flanders to it. In a tweet, I said my story described “a sort of receivership cou d’etat” to which Flanders said my story was “total coup d’ BS.”
In a phone interview six days prior to my story about East Greenwich, Flanders told me he talked with Town Council President Sue Cienki about “doing some sort of analysis” and what his former chief of staff in Central Falls and longtime friend Gayle Corrigan “can bring to the table.”
The East Greenwich Town Council subsequently hired Corrigan, first to audit the school department and then the town, and she has since been named interim town manager after the previous town manager agreed under contentious circumstances to leave his job in exchange for a six months severance package. Cienki, the town council president, is on the host committee for a fundraiser Flanders is throwing Saturday night.
Flanders, a Republican who voted for Trump, is considering running for a US Senate seat. If he runs as a Republican, he would have to first beat Coventry state Rep. Bobby Nardolillo in a GOP primary before being able to challenge Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.
On Saturday, both Whitehouse and Flanders will be at East Greenwich fundraisers. Flanders is fundraising for his potential Senate campaign at an upscale restaurant on Division Street while Whitehouse will be at the East Greenwich Democrats fundraiser on Main Street.