Cicilline was mayor of Providence for eight years before being elected to Congress in 2010. He survived a bruising Democratic primary challenge from businessman Anthony Gemma in September, and has been hammered by Doherty for months for his handling of city finances when he was mayor. Doherty has painted him as a liar and untrustworthy for describing the city's financial condition as excellent during the 2010 race, a description that was untrue and Cicilline has since apologized for.
More recently, Doherty and national Republicans have dug deeper into Cicilline's past to his career as a criminal defense lawyer, running TV ads that tied him to a child molester and murderer he defended two decades ago. Both national parties have said they were pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race for TV ads in the final week of the campaign.
Jasper Ananian, 91, an independent from North Providence, said he doesn't like Cicilline because of his record as mayor. He's voting for Doherty.
"I like what he said. It's not Republican. It's not Democrat. It's integrity," he said.
Maggie Collard, 71, a Democrat from Woonsocket, who came to see Cicilline, Kennedy and Reed, said her top issue this election is preserving Medicare and Social Security. She said she dislikes the negative ads that target Cicilline, and calls him "for the people."
"I believe he would be the one that would help us the most," she said.
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