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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 05:09 AM

Another Chafee Campaign For Governor? Nyet

Former Gov. and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee is back on the scene with a series of media appearances. Chafee is thinking about running for governor again, but RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay wonders why. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday.)

Lincoln Chafee has giving his opinion on an array of topics to just about every media outlet that will listen, including this one. Heís talked about Russian diplomacy and the Rhode Island economy. The former governorís thought patterns donít line up consistently Ėone minute he sounds like Bernie Sanders, the next like President Donald Trump.

Which isnít surprising. Chafee has long marched stubbornly to his own drummer. Over a long, distinguished run in Rhode Island politics, this has often served him well. As a U.S. senator, he was the lone Republican to vote against the Iraq War under President George W. Bush. True to his moderate Republican New England roots, he also denounced and voted against Bushís tax cuts for the wealthy.

When he lost his Senate seat in 2006 to Sheldon Whitehouse, Chafee became a visiting scholar at Brown University and wrote a candid political memoir. He is the only senator anyone can remember who said his defeat was the result of voters acting logically.

Read more: http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-another-chafee-campaign-governor-nyet

Cross-posted in the Rhode Island Group.

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