The military would call David Cicilline a target-rich environment. Brevity:
David Cicilline's dad was the lawyer for Raymond Patriarca, former head of the New England Mafia. Remember when the US government wouldn't let John Gotti's lawyer represent Gotti because they thought the lawyer to be part of Gotti's criminal organization? That was because FBI wiretaps showed the lawyer to be coordinating mob affairs between the Gotti gang and the New England mob. And who was Gotti's lawyer dealing with? David Cicilline's father.
David Cicilline became a lawyer like his dad and his brother, now out of jail. David had a "teflon" dad. Nothing stuck, almost also true of Gotti.
David Cicilline's first job as a lawyer was as a Washington DC Public Defender. There he defended those accused by the government, his services paid for by tax payers. Hey, somebody's got to do it, right?
All right, he's not dad. He just became a lawyer, like dad.
Where is David's power from? Having been Mayor of Providence. Isn't the New England Mafia headquartered in Providence? Right.
David is currently trying to sell the "family" Providence building at 381 - 387 Atwells Avenue (just down the street from Patriarca's old Coin-O-Matic mob headquarters). The Cicilline building was purchased from the same crowd, and has its own infamous "Heritage".
Cicilline says he's refusing money from PACs. https://twitter.com/davidcicilline/status/1022107913048023040 But he is lying. Open Secrets https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/pacs/david-cicilline?cid=N00032019&cycle=2020&type=I says he has received more than a quarter million dollars from PACs since making the pledge. Oh, he said he was refusing money from "corporate PACs". That's only $50,000+ of it.