Former Republican U.S. Senator May Run as Independent for Rhode Island Governor

Ballot Access News:

Former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, who served as a Republican until he was defeated for re-election in 2006, is said to be planning to run for Governor as an independent in 2010. The news was first reported on TV station WRNI. Thanks to Gene Berkman for the news.

Reposted to IPR by Paulie.

7 thoughts on “Former Republican U.S. Senator May Run as Independent for Rhode Island Governor

  1. Joey

    Chafee was also a very moderate-to-liberal Republican.

    He was no more Republican than Arlen “Magic Bullet Theory” Spector.

  2. Catholic Trotskyist

    The big question is, will the Democrats endorse him? Are there enough liberal Republicans in Rhode Island that as many Republicans as Democrats would vote for him, thus still giving all three candidates a good chance to win? I would definitely be tempted to vote for him, although he has a long way to go to reach Catholic Trotskyism.

  3. Melty

    worked for Lieberman as a “DINO” maybe it’ll work for Chaffee as a “RINO”……I’m routin for him

  4. Donald Raymond Lake

    “Big news from Little Rhodie?”

    More: “Rhode Island U.S. Senate election, 2006

    In September 2005, Steve Laffey, the mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, announced his intention to run against Chafee in the Republican primary. Laffey was considered a formidable challenger, as he was much more conservative than Chafee. Among other stances totally opposite those of Chafee’s, Laffey is pro-life and against embryonic stem cell research. Laffey was heavily supported by notable conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and several Ohio-based pro-life groups. Chafee went on to defeat Laffey in the primary on September 12 by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent, an unusually close margin for an incumbent Senator. The turnout for the Republican primary was the largest in Rhode Island history. In his victory speech, Chafee credited unaffiliated voters and disaffiliated Democrats for his victory.[20]

    Chafee was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in the general election. Whitehouse won by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin. Despite Chafee’s high approval ratings statewide, Whitehouse pointed out that Chafee supported his party’s more conservative leadership.

    In response to a question at a news conference on November 9, 2006, Chafee stated that he was unsure whether he would remain in the Republican Party after serving out the remainder of his term. According to Michelle R. Smith of the Associated Press, when asked whether he felt that his loss may have helped the country by switching control of power in Congress, he replied: “To be honest, yes.”[21]

    [edit] After 2006 loss

    In December 2006, Chafee announced that he was accepting a fellowship to serve as a “distinguished visiting fellow” at Brown University’s Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies. The university has Chafee leading a student group studying U.S. foreign policy.”

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