PROVIDENCE, RI — The governor’s new chief of staff is in hot water over a tweet he sent out during the presidential debate Sunday.
Brett Smiley has since apologized on Twitter, quoting First Lady Michelle Obama’s advice to “go high” when others go low.
Smiley, who lives on the East Side, ran for Providence mayor in 2014 but dropped out of the race and threw his support to Jorge Elorza.
Ultimately, Elorza was elected and tapped Smiley for chief operating officer.
He started with the governor’s office in September.
Rhode Island Republican leaders have criticized Smiley for the tweet. Last night, Gov. Gina Raimondo answered a reporter’s question about the matter. She said she told Smiley she was disappointed and asked him to delete the tweet from his account, which he has done.