NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ex-Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy has stumped for gubernatorial hopeful Angel Taveras, jabbing at one of his opponents by saying the state needs a governor with political experience, not just a "fresh face."

Kennedy was referring to fellow Democratic candidate Clay Pell, who uses that description in campaigning as an outsider. Kennedy and Taveras addressed voters Tuesday morning at a senior citizen complex in East Providence.

The eight-term congressman highlighted the Providence mayor's personal story, saying he never had anything handed to him. He also cited Taveras' work shoring up the city's shaky finances, which at one point had Providence on the brink of municipal bankruptcy.

Taveras faces Pell, a former Obama administration official, and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo in the Sept. 9 primary.