Sometimes the media will execute unscrupulous tactics to chase a story. Dirty politics can often incite or provoke controversy. Last week’s news surrounding Gordon Fox seems to prove my point.
On Friday, March 21, news broke that the Rhode Island State House was being raided by the U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and State Police. A federal search warrant was also issued for House Speaker Fox’s East Side home. Agents toted boxes from both Fox’s home and his State House office. At the time, it was unclear what specifically was under investigation, but television, radio and newspapers were buzzing with speculation. Some reports questioned whether or not evidence collected would tie Fox to an ethics complaint surrounding suspicious campaign finance activities or other issues including his connection with 38 Studios, the gaming company founded in 2006 by Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
As of the printing of this article, Gordon Fox has not been charged with any crimes. However, in a television interview with abc6 (WLNE), one legal analyst tossed out some very accusatory comments, implying that there might be a “crooked charge” in Fox’s future.
In a written statement on Saturday, March 22, Fox said that he would step down as Speaker of the House and would not seek reelection. That same day, leaving his home on Gorton St., Fox dodged questioning reporters. Getting in the passenger seat of an idling car, he stated that he was “going for a ride” and that they should not wait outside his house looking for answers.
Leave the man alone. Give him his space and the kavod he deserves. Fox has already assured the press that when it’s appropriate he’d “talk to everybody.”