Here’s a telling anecdote (in the “Rhode Island way” sense) in the Political Scene from today’s Providence Journal:
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has put Edward Cotugno, the mail-ballot guru who helped him eke out an 85-vote victory in 2016, back on his campaign team and given his son a $70,000 a year State House job.
Mattiello, D-Cranston, hired Michael Cotugno as the legislature’s new associate director of House constituent-services.
Yes, Rhode Island surely is a coincidential state, to coin a term. If you’re politically helpful, a government job will appear for your or your family completely by coincidence.