Independent Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee Considers Switching to the Democratic Party to Help Win Re-Election

by Colonel on December 17, 2012

“Independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Friday that he’s considering joining the Democratic Party to help his chances of winning a second term.

Chafee told The Associated Press that he shares many views with Democrats and that joining a major party might make it easier to raise money for the 2014 campaign. He said there’s no timetable for his decision.

A decision to join the Democrats would complicate an already crowded field of Democrats thought to be eyeing a gubernatorial run, most notably Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

Chafee supported Barack Obama’s 2008 White House run and was a co-chairman of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

He said he hasn’t had any formal talks with Democrats about joining their party. He said he’s unlikely to return to the Republican Party, which he left in 2007 after losing his U.S. Senate seat.

” — David Klepper, Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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