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House majority leader says he has speaker votes

Rhode Island Democratic House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, right, speaks to the media Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Providence, R.I. Mattiello is seeking the speaker of the House position after Gordon Fox Fox relinquished it Saturday following twin raids Friday at his Statehouse office and home, as part of a criminal investigation. Officials have not said whom or what they are investigating. A formal House vote is expected Tuesday. (AP Photo/Erika Niedowski)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s House majority leader said Sunday he received enough votes in a preliminary tally to replace Gordon Fox in arguably the most powerful position in Rhode Island government, and vowed to unify the chamber if he is elected speaker.

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