Rhode Island officials are stalling the release of a document that reportedly alleges inappropriate behavior by a high-level state official during a business trip to Philadelphia. Six sources claim that David Patten, Director of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, made inappropriate comments that stunned those he met. Patten is currently on paid leave for medical reasons. Patten and Jim Thorsen, Director of the Department of Administration, visited a Scout Ltd. redevelopment project at the Cranston Street Armory. McKee’s office and Speaker Joe Shekarchi’s office are refusing to release the document despite receiving a copy from Scout. They claim that they will only consider doing so after a formal review by lawyers, which could take weeks. Scout has been working on a redevelopment plan for the long-vacant structure in Providence.

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