The Pro-Jo and NBC 10 say former Warwick GOP lawmaker Joe Trillo who headed Donald Trump's RI campaign, is taking baby steps towards a possible run for governor. Trillo says he's in the process of putting together an exploratory committee to see if there's enough money and support out there for a run. When he was asked why he'd take such a big step at age 74, Trillo said he's bored and thinks he can "make a difference in this state, and leave it a better place than I found it. It needs to be whipped into shape." Trillo says he's a month of two away from letting us know who is on that 12-member committee but he says he thinks it'll include 5-democrats. Trillo says he built up a lot of Democratic relationships during his 16 years at the State House. He says he respects their opinion and certainly recognizes he'd need SOME democratic support in the state to win. Trillo's no dummy... of Rhode Island's close to 770,000 registered voters, 310,000 are Democrats, 92,000 are Republicans, 3,000 are Moderate Party holdovers and 366,000 are unaffiliated. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung will likely take another shot at the Governor's seat so that could leave Trillo facing a GOP primary against Fung and possibly Benrus CEO Giovanni Feroce. Trillo's chances in a primary would be decent because primaries are highly unpredictable thanks to historically low turnouts. The general election? That's anyone's guess but remember, the late Bob Healy scored 22% of the vote in 2014 and he won't be around to run again.
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