At a press conference in Rhode Island on January 5, Sue Stenhouse, who at the time was executive director of Cranston’s Senior Enrichment Center, proudly announced a snow shoveling program for the elderly. To the left of Cranston stood a small elderly lady with a tag reading "Cranston Senior Home Resident." It was later revealed that the elderly woman, who also stood next to Cranston's Mayor Allan Fung as he spoke, was neither elderly nor a woman.
The person was in fact a Cranston Senior Home bus driver whom Stenhouse dressed up to pose for the sake of publicity. The youthful glow of the "woman" did not immediately tip anybody off.
There's been no clear explanation given as to why an actual old woman couldn't be brought to the press conference. NBC 10 approached Stenhouse regarding this rather unnecessary ploy, and Stenhouse was not pleased. "I've been in a meeting all night being a great public servant for the city of Warwick. Now, I get this bullshit. And you guys did not reach out to me. And that was a big lie on the news."
Once it became clear that Stenhouse, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, couldn't disguise the situation, she resigned from her duties.