Lincoln Chafee is the Independent Governor of Rhode Island and has been at the center of a controversy this past week because of the label he applied to that holiday tradition known as the “Christmas Tree”.
A beaming Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee calmly weathered a cross-country Christmas controversy yesterday, standing by his PC pronouncement that the 17-foot spruce in the State House rotunda is a “holiday tree” as outraged residents cried foul.
Taking the Christmas out of the tree is in the Rhode Island spirit, Chafee said, invoking the 1663 Colonial charter and the legacy of state father Roger Williams.
“I’m just continuing what other governors have done,” Chafee told the Herald after dedicating a separate tree to soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I just want to make sure I’m doing everything possible in this building to honor Roger Williams.”
Lincoln Chafee left the Republican Party in 2007 and was elected to the Governor’s position in his home state in 2010. He is the first independent Governor of Rhode Island since John Collins, who was elected in 1786.