Cianci: Will he or won't he run?

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. hosts his show on WPRO radio on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Will he or won't he?

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. may be enjoying the speculation, but by Wednesday afternoon we'll know if Cianci will once again run for mayor of Providence.

But he may be getting a late start if he does take the plunge.

It was 40 years ago that Cianci first began running for mayor of Providence. He never lost a mayoral election, and went on to spend 21 years in the corner office.

But the two times he left, it was following felony convictions. That alone would provide motivation for many people to come back and get a chance to revise the history.

It's been 12 years since his last stint, and Cianci has settled into the catbird's seat at WPRO radio, where for almost three hours a day he hosts a show where he can tell everybody what to think and where it doesn't really matter if they obey.

So, it makes sense that he is struggling with the question of whether or not to run for mayor again.

"It is a whole lifestyle change, Bill. It is a lifestyle change. I have a love for the city that is undiminished. I have a thirst for public service, there's no question about that. The whole thing is whether I can really make a difference," Cianci said.

Cianci gets plenty of attention still. He had a documentarian following him around Tuesday.

A political campaign costs money, a lot of it. Cianci closed out his campaign account in 2007 when he got out of federal prison, donating nearly $400,000 to a potential library for his papers.

He'd be getting a late start at fundraising.

"Money is always the lifeblood of politics in many ways. If I decide to run, I think that the money that would be necessary would be there, but I'm not at that stage yet," Cianci said. "You can always self-fund a campaign, can't you?"

Insiders say Cianci has donors line up. He acknowledges that he has people ready to work and that he has a declaration speech written.