TIME 2014 Election

2 Candidates With Criminal Concerns Past and Present Had 2 Different Endings

Congressman Michael Grimm
U.S. Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) talks to reporters outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington April 29, 2014. Jonathan Ernst—Reuters

Legal trouble is a political death knell, except when it's not

Not even a 20-count indictment soured Staten Island on Michael Grimm.

The Republican Congressman from New York easily won reelection Tuesday despite allegations of massive fraud at a Manhattan restaurant he owned. He beat Democrat Domenic Recchia, and was up double-digits when the Associated Press called the race.

Yet another candidate who’s been in the crosshairs of the courts in the past didn’t fare as well. Buddy Cianci, who had felony convictions interrupt both of his previous two terms as mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, wasn’t so fortunate in his bid for a third go at running the city. Democrat Jorge Elorza, 37, a relative political newcomer who billed herself as a fresh start for the state capital, defeated Cianci 53% to 44% percent, with 97% of precincts reporting, Reuters reports.

Democrats had drooled at the prospect of picking off Grimm’s 11th Congressional District, a working class area that includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. Even the Republican establishment had done a light waltz away from the allegedly felonious former FBI agent, who drew headlines and ridicule when he threatened to throw a local television reporter of a Capitol balcony.

But the challenger, Recchia, made some eyebrow-raising gaffes of his own, including a claim that his stint running a study abroad program for Japanese schoolchildren amounted to a foreign policy credentials. In an editorial endorsing Grimm, the Staten Island Advocate said it was only putting its weight behind the two-term congressman reluctantly. “As distasteful as this contest may be on a number of levels, we have a choice to make, as do the voters,” the newspaper wrote, concluding the borough was better off with an alleged criminal than a candidate who speaks with “astonishing incoherence.” (Grimm has denied wrongdoing in the case.)

Cianci, who ran as an independent, had two felony convictions to overcome: One, in 1984, during his first mayoral term, for assaulting his ex-wife’s new boyfriend, and the other, during his second term in 2002, for corruption (he was indicted on 29 counts). Cianci served four-and-a-half years in prison. He told the New Yorker: “I gave a speech at Brown, and some kid sits in the front row and says, ‘What would you have changed in your life?’ Being a smart-ass, I said, ‘The verdict.’”

Cianci had cultivated a complicated, sometimes strangely endearing, relationship with the city he twice led: He is widely credited with remodeling a city full of industrial plants and warehouses into a community with an artsy, trendy feel.

TIME 2014 Election

Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Race Is Wide Open Ahead of Tuesday’s Primary

Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras
Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, from the left, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras. Steven Senne—AP

With a dozen candidates to chose from, half of them serious, voters have a tough choice

Rarely has solidly Democratic Rhode Island seen such political drama: To date, the race to be the next Rhode Island governor has already seen party switching, two political dynasties and an Olympic figure skater star in a campaign spot.

The race began in earnest when incumbent Lincoln Chafee, a former GOP senator whose father was former Governor and Senator John Chafee, switched parties from Independent to Democratic. Chafee was hoping to draw support from the state’s powerful Democrats, but soon withdrew from the race when it became clear such support was not going to materialize.

That left the field wide open, with three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday: State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Clay Pell, the 34-year-old grandson of beloved late senator Claiborne Pell. Taveras held a slight lead in polls going into the summer, but with the help of Emily’s List—and impressive fundraising—Raimondo pulled ahead in at least one recent poll.

“I think it’s going to be close. Raimondo has a small lead and benefits from Tavares and Pell splitting labor. I expect Raimondo to win, but there is some belief that Pell is surging,” says Jennifer Duffy, who tracks gubernatorial races for the non-partisan Cook Political Report. “If he does pull off an upset, then the general is probably pretty competitive. If Raimondo, or less likely Tavares, is the nominee, then Democrats have an advantage.”

A Fleming & Associates poll conducted Aug. 11 to 14 showed Raimondo leading with 32.2% of the vote to Taveras’ 26.8% and Pell’s 25.6%. That said, Pell has been surging in recent weeks, in part thanks to a television commercial where his wife, figure skater Michelle Kwan, promotes his record on women’s issues. In a similar poll conducted in May, Pell drew only 11.5% of the vote.

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On the Republican side, Ken Block, a moderate who ran for governor in 2010, is taking on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who was the first Asian American mayor in Rhode Island and would be the first Asian American governor of Rhode Island, if elected.

And there are also a slew of independents running. The only serious candidate in contractor Todd Giroux. The four other independents include a Moderate Party candidate and a candidate for the Compassion Party.

The race is already the most expensive in Rhode Island history with candidates raising more than $12 million by the end of June, the latest date available for financial disclosures.

TIME JFK

Photos: JFK and Jackie’s Wedding, 1953

Long before the heady, rock star-like run for the White House, before “Ich bin ein Berliner,” before the Cuban Missile Crisis, the pillbox hats, Marilyn’s “Happy birthday, Mr. President,” Camelot and the limo drive through Dallas, John and Jackie Kennedy were a young newlywed couple much like any other newlywed couple — with one notable difference: by the time of their wedding they were, in a sense, already superstars.

The pair had appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine mere months before their wedding, in July 1953, perched on the sloping deck of a sailboat off of Cape Cod, both of them smiling, windblown, emphatically New England-y, beside the cheeky headline, “Senator Kennedy Goes a-Courting.” They were both from prominent, monied, influential families, and they were frequently, together and apart, featured in what are still occasionally called the “society pages” of major newspapers.

When they married in Rhode Island on September 12, 1953, it was national news. LIFE magazine sent photographer Lisa Larsen, then in her late 20s, to cover the highly publicized event. Her photos from the occasion offer not only a solid before-and-after record of the nuptials, but a surprisingly intimate chronicle of one of the most high-profile American weddings of the 20th century. Here, on the 60th anniversary of John and Jackie Kennedy’s wedding, LIFE.com presents a gallery of the very best of Lisa Larsen’s many pictures from that day.

[See more of Lisa Larsen’s photography]

For its part, LIFE magazine reported on the scene in an article in a Sept. 1963, issue:

The marriage of Washington’s best-looking young senator to Washington’s prettiest inquiring photographer took place in Newport R.I. this month and their wedding turned out to be the most impressive the old society stronghold had seen in 30 years. As John F. Kennedy took Jacqueline Bouvier as his bride, 600 diplomats, senators, social figures crowded into St. Mary’s Church to hear the Archbishop of Boston perform the rites sand read a special blessing from the pope. Outside, 2,000 society fans, some come to Newport by chartered bus, cheered the guests and the newlyweds as they left the church. There were 900 guests at the reception and it took Senator and Mrs. Kennedy two hours to shake their hands. The whole affair, said one enthusiastic guest, was “just like a coronation.”

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.

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