(Cranston) – What a difference a few months and a campaign fundraiser makes. When Partners and Care New England announced definitive plans to merge in January of 2018, Gina Raimondo was very vocal about concerns for job cuts and the loss of specialty care here in Rhode Island.
Now, with former and present Partners Healthcare leaders throwing a fundraiser for Raimondo in June, that included max out donations from the former Chairman Jack Connors, the former COO of Partners Thomas Glynn, and Board of Directors members John Fish & Anne Finucane amongst others, her approach has softened. A week before the fundraiser, Raimondo’s spokesman stated she was now “encouraged that Care New England (where Raimondo’s brother works) & Partners Healthcare are including a strong local partnership with Brown University (where Raimondo’s husband works).” Raimondo has also accepted over seven thousand dollars in donations from the (very recently departed) CEO of Care New England, Dennis Keefe.
“Rhode Islanders are not stupid and can see right through this game of wink wink. You cannot be an impartial regulator in a deal when you’re taking money from both sides. It’s laughable. Rhode Islanders have had enough of the numerous ethical lapses and shady insider deals during her administration. Raimondo should return all donations from that fundraiser in Boston and any related donations from Care New England that have arisen during merger negotiations. Since she will have the say in approving one of the largest healthcare mergers in state history, this would be the only ethical thing to do” said Mayor Fung.
Paid for by Committee to Elect Allan Fung