City official has man dress up as old woman for photo op

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CRANSTON, R.I. — A city official in Rhode Island who wanted to include an elderly woman in a photo op about a snow shoveling program had a middle-aged male bus driver dress up in a wig, earrings, lipstick and a dress.

The driver stood next to the mayor of Cranston at a news conference touting the program and wore a name tag that said “Cranston Senior Home Resident.”

WJAR-TV uncovered the ruse in reports this week.

Sue Stenhouse is the city’s director of senior services who organized the news conference. She resigned and didn’t return messages requesting comment.

An aide for Mayor Allan Fung declined to explain, saying it was a personnel matter.

Two city councilmen told The Providence Journal they believe the stunt was meant to deceive.

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