January 16, 2016 6:01 pm -


The city official wanted an elderly woman in a photo op about a snow shoveling program, but instead of actually finding one, she had a man dress up as one.

The man stood next to the mayor of Cranston at a news conference touting the program and wore a name tag that said ‘‘Cranston Senior Home Resident.’’

WJAR-TV uncovered the ruse in reports this week.

It is unclear why officials decided to use a stand-in for a woman during the Jan. 5 news conference, which was held at the senior center where the man worked as a van driver.

Snow seen in front of the senior center during the event was also apparently a pretense, according to the Providence Journal. The paper reports the “snow” was actually a pile of ice shavings from a nearby ice rink.

Sue Stenhouse, the city’s director of senior services, organized the news conference. She resigned last week, according to Rob Coupe, the city’s director of administration. Stenhouse, a 2006 Republican nominee for secretary of state, did not return messages requesting comment.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.