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Debate Ignites After Providence Mayor Brings 1-Year-Old to Work

Jorge Elorza has taken baby Omar to events ranging from ribbon cuttings to a closed-door meeting with the governor

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    Debate Ignites After Providence Mayor Brings 1-Year-Old to Work
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    Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and his son

    The Providence mayor has not been shy about bringing his baby to work, and in doing so has ignited a debate about the role of children in the workplace.

    Jorge Elorza has taken baby Omar to events ranging from ribbon cuttings to a closed-door meeting with the governor. His City Hall office has a bassinet and toy box.

    To some, Elorza sets an example for how to juggle jobs and parenting at a time when many parents work long hours and pay skyrocketing day care costs. But detractors say Elorza is using Omar as a prop and benefiting from a double standard that would prevent a working mother from doing the same.

    Elorza said he and his wife decided he'd bring Omar to work after assessing their busy, unpredictable schedules.

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