GoLocalProv is reporting that
Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello has hired veteran campaign operative Jeff Britt as a political consultant.
And the ProJo’s Kathy Gregg reported on Twitter that
Britt has been hired by Democrat Mattiello’s Fund for Democratic Leadership as a $25,000 consultant.
Though Britt’s most recent gig was as manager of the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block, Britt had previously worked for Democrat Speaker Gordon Fox. (Britt split from Fox over the former Speaker’s handling of 38 Studios.) So strictly in terms of party flavor, this is not altogether an incongruous choice.
It is, nevertheless, unusual for a Democrat Speaker to turn to a non-purely Democrat election consultant for his leadership fund – and to the tune of $25,000, no less.
Kathy Gregg once again on Twitter.
Mattiello on hiring Britt as $25k consultant: : “He will provide strategy&assist me in promoting issues to best serve the citizens of RI.”
Could this be a sign that Speaker Mattiello is worried about the re-election chances of House legislators or even of himself? Is he concerned that the electability of House Democrats has been damaged by their facilitating his heavy-handed ramming through of Governor Raimondo’s onerous, highly unpopular toll program?