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New U.S. Attorney Has No Political Ambitions (posted August 23, 2004)

Newly-named U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente says he has no political ambitions. Appearing on the WJAR-TV show "10 News Conference" , Corrente said "I don't have any political ambitions and hope I never have any." Although he is a registered Republican, Corrente indicated he has supported candidates of both parties and does not have a partisan agenda

The U.S. attorney praised the court of appeals for upholding the conviction of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci. Corrente said he was not surprised the appelate court upheld Cianci's conviction. Corrente also indicated he thinks there is an uneven playing field in Rhode Island politics and that public corruption remains a top priority for his office.

When asked about organized crime in Rhode Island, Corrente said "they are still out there. [But] there aren't as many of them out there."