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Cranston Democrat calls for Fung campaign pause

Cranston Democrat calls for Fung campaign pause

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Cranston's top Democrat has called on Republican Mayor Allan Fung to suspend activities in his campaign for governor and fundraising as state police look into a parking ticket scandal.

The Providence Journal reports that Democratic Committee Chairman Michael Sepe says Fung should not campaign while the police union fights allegations that officers retaliated with parking tickets in the wards of two Democratic City Council members who voted against a proposed police labor contract.

Fung's campaign spokesman, Patrick A. Sweeney, called Sepe's comments laughable. He says it is offensive and irresponsible for Sepe to imply that Fung or his office had a role in the tickets issued in November 2013.

Fung has placed Cranston's police chief on indefinite paid leave during the probe. He called it a personnel matter.

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