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Twice-convicted but unsinkable former mayor of Providence dies

PBS NewsHour’s former political editor Domenico Montanaro reported on Buddy Cianci’s run for mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, in 2014.

The long-standing former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, Vincent “Buddy” Cianci Jr., who was twice convicted of felonies but still had enough support to run again in 2014, died Thursday at age 74.

He reportedly was filming his show “On the Record with Buddy Cianci” on Wednesday night when he was rushed to the hospital with severe stomach pains. He died the next day.

Cianci served as mayor of Providence from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2002, making him one of the longest mayors in U.S. history. His terms in office were cut short twice due to felony convictions, including one count of racketeering conspiracy.

He became a conservative radio talk show host and ran for mayor again in 2014, when he was beaten by Democratic candidate Jorge Elorza.

“I did my time. I did it like a man. I paid the price. And the law says I can run. And I’m running,” he said at the time.

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