Skip to comments.R.I. senator may leave Republican Party
Posted on 11/09/2006 5:35:03 PM PST by libertarianPA
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two days after losing a bid for a second term, Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record) said he was unsure whether he would remain a Republican.
Chafee lost to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in a race seen as a referendum on President Bush and the GOP. On Thursday, he was asked whether he would stick with the Republican Party or become an independent or Democrat.
"I haven't made any decisions. I just haven't even thought about where my place is," Chafee said at a news conference. When pressed on whether his comments indicated he might leave the GOP, he replied: "That's fair."
Chafee, 53, is a lifelong Republican who has represented Rhode Island for seven years. His father held the same seat for 23 years before that.
He is the most liberal Republican in the Senate and was the sole Senate Republican to vote against the war in Iraq. But that was not enough to prevail against Whitehouse, who shared many of Chafee's views but was a Democrat in a heavily Democratic state.
Chafee said his loss may have helped the country by switching control of Congress.
"The people have spoken all across America. They want the Democrats and Republicans to work together," he said. "I think the president now is going to have to talk to the Democrats. I think that's going to be good for America."
Chafee said he waged a lonely campaign to bring the party to the middle. He described attending weekly lunches with fellow GOP senators and standing up to argue his point of view, often alone.
"There were times walking into my caucus room where it wasn't fun," he said, adding that he stayed with the GOP largely because it allowed him to bring federal dollars home to Rhode Island.
Good riddance! Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out!!
Back to shoeing horses for old Linc. Couldn't happen to better RINO.
If this is the case, remove him from the committee that moves the Bolton nomination to the full senate floor NOW. Replace him with someone who will support Bolton's nomination. Easy, just do it. Then Bolton can be confirmed in this lame duck session of congress.
He shouldn't be allowed to leave, he should be kicked out.
No point in him pretending anymore.
He's not a Senator anymore, so it's puzzling why he thinks anyone would care.
Beat me to it. I was going to say one of the following:
1. And the difference would be....?
2. Don't let the door hit you in the @ss, jack@ss
3. As if it matters now
4. As if it mattered then
5. Go tell it to the mountain
Just rambling. Cheers!
Be gone RINO. Do not haunt our side of the senate.
I think Rhode Islanders just chose the more conservative of the two candidates ... and Linc lost!
I just read the headline and laughed, I won't even read the article, go contemplate your navel in private, no one cares what you think Linky, you lilly-livered metrosexual waste of testostetone.
Yep, don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.
I think I'm gonna die from NOT surprise! He hasn't voted with the Republicans for years, so will anyone notice?
YES! They should accept his resignation immediately. That way he can't hold up John Bolton's nomination. If they accept his resignation, he's off the committee.
GMTA, I should have read down a bit before posting.
CHAFEEs a RINo...Let him go. And take Graham, Mccain, Snowe ETC with you !!!!!
If he can't make a decision, he's definitely a democrat.
No doubt the "vote for a guy with an "R" after his name NO MATTER WHAT HIS VOTING RECORD" peanut gallery will be teary over this.
Chafee was a Republican? Who would have thought? I thought he was a socialist.
Like chaff blowing in the wind. Goodbye Linc, we sure won't miss your kind.
Good timing Linc!
Brilliant logic there, just brilliant. Maybe he can be a character on Family Guy since the show is based in Providence (Quahog).
Good news for a change. We need it.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus
If a rino switches parties will anyone notice???
I will notice only if he takes Chuck Hagel with him.
The question is does anyone care?
It's not like he's any help now to the party.
He wants to run for something as a democrat. That is my guess.
You can also bet if he won, he would have switched parties.
His lose is the best thing that happened all night.
he lost who cares who he votes for as a civilian
It never was a Republican.
Que the sound of flushing the toilet.
See ya...RINO. Time to clean house.
There is the door, beotch...I'll hold it open for ya and promptly slam on your worthless ass as you are leaving.
You are not, nor ever have been, a Republican.
Now STFU, loser.
Oh this is just hysterical. BOO HOO!
Why would anyone give a rat's ass what this moonbat does?
He's out of the Senate....good frickin' ridance.
I could not agree more... as unhappy as I was on Tues night was glad that this jerk and DeWine lost
Like he ever was a republican in the first place! Half of the problem we have right now is the refusal to drop-kick RINOs like Chaffee, McCain, et al, ad nauseum!!
Ditto! Right ON! Make that double.
there is a saying which involves door and ass but I cant remember it right now
was he ever a republican
Talk about lack of integrity.
RNC, in their own ignoble move, backed Chaffee when there was a clearly superior Republican challenger. Millions down the drain.
He knows his brand of republicanism is dead
The little turd is going to make an excellent DemocRAT. He's yellow and he don't stand up for anything. Yup! Excellent DemocRAT.
He's a Republican? So that is why there is always an R after his name. It thought that stood for rat.