JOE PAOLINO

Courtesy of the Providence Journal.

Courtesy of the Providence Journal.

Joe Paolino was a prominent Democratic politician in Providence. During Buddy's mayorship in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Paolino was a city council member and one of Buddy’s most vocal enemies. Then Paolino started visiting Buddy in prison in the 2000s, and the two became close friends.

Joe appears in Chapters 5 and 18.

 
In politics, sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.