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Florida TV report puts Kilmartin in tough spot

February 6, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Local talk radio hosts are having no end of fun with a Florida TV station’s identification of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin as a “Sarasota resident,” and now state Sen. Dawson Hodgson, a Republican candidate for attorney general, is adding questions of his own.

Kilmartin, whose full-time residence is in Pawtucket, has a vacation home in Sarasota where he stayed during a recent January vacation. While there, he and his wife, Kristine, visited the Sarasota Arts Festival, and he was buttonholed by a local TV reporter for a comment on the event.

“There is such diversity and such creativity,” Kilmartin marvels in the news clip. “It’s really amazing to see all the talent on display. I just wish I had a lot of money so I could afford it all.” As he was speaking, he was identified onscreen as a Sarasota resident.

That prompted a call by Hodgson for Kilmartin to release his travel records to give “an accounting of his whereabouts during the course of his administration.

Full story appears on page A1 of Friday's Times and Friday's Call.

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