Mancuso seeks exemption from ethics regulation

Gov. Lincoln Chafee's choice for interim commissioner of higher education asked the Ethics Commission on Tuesday for an exemption so she can take the post.

Chafee picked Eva-Marie Mancuso to fill the $200,000 a year job and trying to claim it's a hardship case because no one else will take the job. She is currently chairwoman of the board of education.

Common Cause urged Chafee on Monday to withdraw Mancuso's name, saying the appointment would violate the "revolving door" ethics provision. Elected or appointed officials are prohibited, for one year, from serving in paid positions requiring approval from the body on which they serve.

Mansuco delivered a seven-page letter to the Ethics Commission outlining her rationale for being appointed as the interim commissioner for higher education.

The Ethics Commission probably won't be able to hear the request until Aug. 20.