Fung hammers Raimondo on DCYF deaths; Governor says he's politicizing tragedy

Governor Candidate Allan Fung hammers his opponent on DCYF record. (WJAR)

Gubernatorial candidate and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung met with a gathered group of media members outside of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families building in Providence on Tuesday to call out incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo on what he called "gross mismanagement" of the department since she has been in office.

"There's been 19 deaths and at least 13 children seriously injured,” said Fung of the state of the department during Raimondo’s tenure.

The governor's campaign responded to Fung’s allegations calling his actions "dirty politics" to use these child death statistics as part of his political platform. Fung, a Republican, said that DCYF needs to change, though, and it needs to change right away.

"It's a very tragic situation," said Fung.

In a statement, Raimondo's senior adviser Mike Raia responded to the mayor's allegations, saying, "Allan Fung would rather politicize tragedy than support reforms that are protecting Rhode Island's most vulnerable children."

But Fung said if elected, he would add social workers to decrease caseloads, create teams dedicated to working with opioid-addicted families, and require regular audits of group homes from DCYF supervisors. The governor's campaign says change takes time and that Rhode Island is on the right track.

"There is a great risk of going backwards on our reform of DCYF without sustained, strong leadership and commitment to changing systems in place for decades. Governor Raimondo is committed to finishing the job,” said Raia.

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