Rhode Island Governor To Ease Ban On State Workers Appearing On Talk Radio
February 7, 2011 at 5:12 AM (PT)
The ban on RHODE ISLAND state employees appearing on Talk radio shows is being eased by Gov. LINCOLN CHAFEE, with CHAFEE spokesman MIKE TRAINOR going on CITADEL Talk WPRO-A-WEAN/PROVIDENCE to say that CHAFEE "never intended this to be a permanent ban." TRAINOR added that the policy was set to allow the administration to avoid distractions while setting the budget and initial policies.
TRAINOR said that the Governor would appear on WPRO "in due course," but did not set a date for CHAFEE's return. CHAFEE announced the ban shortly after taking office in JANUARY, touching off widespread criticism; his administration immediately qualified the policy as applying only during work hours and not to all employees, and indicated that the ban might not be permanent.