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[POLL] Should Former Gov. Carcieri Apologize For 38 Studios Fiasco?

During his first interview about the video-game company since it closed, the former governor said he takes responsibility for "approving the deal," but added he thinks the state should have done more to save the company.


Former Gov. Donald Carcieri stopped short of apologizing for helping orchestrate the deal that gave 38 Studios a $75 million guaranteed loan to move to Rhode Island — but he did take some responsibility Thursday in his first interview on the subject.

"I will take responsibility for approving the deal," Carcieri said in an interview Thursday with WPRI's Tim White.

The video game company owned by legendary ex-ballplayer Curt Schilling closed in May, leaving the state on the hook for $102 million in bond payments. Until now, Carcieri had remained silent on the 38 Studios deal that passed the General Assembly in 2010 on the promise of hundreds of jobs.

Carcieri did tell White he wondered if the company would have remained viable if the state had put in more money.

"More could have been done to save the company," he said. He also suggested the state consider defaulting on the loan, something Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Friday he would not do, according to the Providence Journal.

What do you think? Should Carcieri have apologized? Should the state have done more? Vote in our poll and leave a comment.

Keith E September 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
What a STUPID question! Exactly what purpose would his 'apology' serve?? What's done is done. PS. Should we also request an apology from Chafee for being a thick-headed nitwit?
Peter A. Filippi III September 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
As a reformer and Republican Mayoral Candidate in Johnston I don’t pay taxes to lend money for capitalistic projects period…Realizing the corrupt nature of our union controlled legislature the governor should have been on the stump everyday urging residents of every community the need to give Republicans the opportunity to serve via highlighting the provisions in the contracts of local unions and the rightful alternatives. Anyway, I never liked him for not taking this initiative.
Rhodeworrier September 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Lets face it Republicans have always been bad with money,the Crash in 1929,the 2008 wall street housing scam.How many of the GOP`S backers the RICH lost their investment? Not many. How many average workers like me who lost their retirement investments in 410k`s.Alot! Now the GOP tells us they have a plan to fix all our problems. My answer to the GOP is Don`t urinate on my back and tell its rain. Peter you are in a Town that has many Proud Union Members like me.Your anti Union Bull ain`t making it! ps I cant wait to see how Peter is going to work the anti union stuff into his comments about the Apple Festival.
Peter A. Filippi III September 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Hi Joe, It to bad the truth nowadays isn’t relevant…It’s too bad obscuring the facts is the new norm…Back in 1929 the unions cared about what was best for all the people now it’s all bout them; with a capital T…What unions do in the private sector I’m not that concerned about however they have become dictators in the government sector, but who cares about our children and grandchildren??? When I read these comments by people like you I only wish that more residents could view your comments, anyway, every dog has its day…
Manifold Witness September 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Will Governor Chafee be interviewed next? And then Mr. Fox? First question for EDC Chairman Governor Chafee - When did he first read the 38Studios independent audit report (issued summer 2011) that stated that there were "going concern" issues, and what was his response to that audit report?

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