As for the campaign slogan ... my guess is George W. Bush but I'm guessing here.
Yes, Buddy is Providence's beloved mayor ... althought he's not running in the upcoming election, he would be elected if he did ... no question about it.
I've been to Boston's Italian section and of course Federal Hill, Providence but I didn't know Hartford had an Italian section ... hmmmm I'll have to ask my aunt about that one. I guess, since CT is not my favorite NE state whenever I needed to go into Hartford, I simply went to the Fleet building ... took care of business and shot on back home to RI without paying attention to anything surrounding me. <G>