Well, it’s safe to say my first interview with Speaker Nick Mattiello didn’t go great, and here’s hoping this is in no way indicative of how other progressives may fare in their dealings with the brand new ‘most powerful politician in Rhode Island.’
Full disclosure, I’ve spoken with the Speaker before, and this is in no way indicative of our dealings! But Gordon Fox was always a delight to deal with in public and people say he ran a pretty stern ship behind the scenes so maybe Mattiello will be tough on reporters and easier on legislators.
That aside, I think he makes a good point when he says that legislators should represent their districts and not ideology (Randall Edgar of the Providence Journal asking the question)
It’s no secret RI Future wasn’t rooting for Speaker Mattiello to win this one, but we certainly congratulate him and wish him all the luck in the world in leading the group elected to do the people’s business.