Republican Robert (Bob) Quattrocchi is a fourth-generation Rhode Islander who has lived in Scituate for the past 48 years. Quattrocchi was the owner of a motorcycle repair shop in Coventry from 1994 to 2013 until closing the shop due to the poor state of the Rhode Island economy. Quattrocchi then ran as an independent in the 2014 state legislative elections, but only garnered 16 percent of the vote. In November, he secured just over a two point margin to beat incumbent Democrat Michael Marcello, becoming one of only two Republican pickups in the General Assembly this cycle.
Quattrocchi got his start in politics due to the 38 Studios scandal, attending several hearings and rallies in the aftermath of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s failed video game studio. Because of the incident, governmental accountability was one of Quattrocchi’s largest campaign focuses, with a strong emphasis on supporting ethics reform, the line item veto, and ending state legislative and community grants. He believes the political system in the state, dominated by the Democratic Party, is riddled with cronyism and special interests.
In addition to governmental accountability, Quattrocchi wants to focus on economic growth in Rhode Island to get the economy thriving again. Besides 38 Studios, his history in small business was a large impetus for his run. He believes Rhode Island has shortsightedly focused on enticing large corporations to the state with “corporate welfare” and has not paid enough attention to small businesses. His plan for creating a business-friendly environment is to cut taxes and regulations. He also plans to take aim at what he sees as burdensome tolls on Rhode Island highways, including the recently passed truck tolls. Quattrocchi is also strongly opposed to “illegal immigration” and a staunch supporter of gun rights.