RI House Democratic leader calls caucus

Nicholas Mattiello

Rhode Island House Majority Leader Nick Mattiello says he has called an "informational caucus" for Friday evening for Democrats to talk about the future of the House.

Mattiello told The Associated Press that Friday's news that House Speaker Gordon Fox's State House office and home were raided by state and federal law enforcement is "unsettling."

Mattiello said he called the meeting to discuss the next House session on Tuesday.

"This is clearly a distraction. We have to get our members in a room and talk about moving forward, giving as much information as we have and plan on the orderly operation of the room and the House of Representatives so we can properly do the people's business," Mattiello told NBC 10's Bill Rappleye. "That's what this session is about today."

Mattiello said he wants to be the next speaker and that he is aware that other House members, including Chris Blazejewski and Mike Marcello, are also interested in the top spot. Neither lawmaker returned messages.

Mattiello declined to say whether he thinks Fox should step down as speaker, saying he doesn't know the facts. He said he plans to call Fox soon.