A former Rhode Island U.S. Attorney is poised to become the next chairman of the state’s recently established Moderate Party, The Providence Journal reported today.
Ex-U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente will take over the post from Kenneth J. Block, who stepped down last week to become the party’s first gubernatorial candidate, according the newspaper. Corrente had served as chairman of the group’s ethics policy committee, according to The Journal.
The former Rhode Island prosecutor last year considered running for governor with the Moderate Party, but he decided against it.
“I’m not going to do it,” Corrente told The Journal in November. “It’s certainly an interesting landscape for next year, and the whole race looks intriguing, but it’s not a good time for me, given where I am in my career.”
President George W. Bush appointed Corrente to be Rhode Island’s top federal prosecutor in 2004. He retired last year to become a Providence-based partner at the Burns & Levinson law firm. Read more about him here.