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Brown's endorsement in Pawtucket called into question

Much has been made of gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown's reported endorsement by the Pawtucket Democratic City Committee this week. Brown tweeted on June 20 that he was honored to receive the endorsement. As WPRI's Ted Nesi pointed out, this is an endorsement in the urban core, "a vote-rich area for Dems."

But Democratic City Committee Chairwoman Mary Bray told me Friday that she and other members of the group advised Brown not to announce the "very close" endorsement until they'd sorted out potential problems with the vote.

"We communicated that to Mr. Brown," she said.

The committee voted 13-12 to endorse Brown over incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo in the Democratic primary. Bray said someone made the motion to suspend bylaws requiring that a candidate receive 22 votes for the endorsement.

"It's since been brought up that you can't suspend those rules according to Robert's Rules of Order," she said.

According to Robert's Rules of Order, an organization's bylaws are considered a contract between members, and can't be suspended.

Bray said she believes the committee should do a re-vote on the endorsement for governor at a planned meeting June 27.

I've reached out to Brown for a response on the matter and will update this with his comments.

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