- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Cool Moose Party founder Robert Healey will run for governor for the Moderate Party after its candidate had to drop out for medical reasons.

The Moderate Party chairman informed the Secretary of State’s office Thursday that he had selected Robert Healey to replace James Spooner.

Healey is best known as the Cool Moose Party founder. He has made multiple runs for office and won 39 percent of the vote for lieutenant governor in 2010. He wanted to abolish the office.

The party chairman said Spooner had undergone “radical and invasive surgery” that prevented him from actively campaigning and said complications could prevent him from serving if elected.

A spokeswoman for the secretary of state says a replacement candidate can be selected if the one who collected signatures drops out.

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