Skip to comments.Former (RI) Sen. (Lincoln) Chafee Leaves GOP
Posted on 09/15/2007 7:03:52 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
I learned today Former Republican United States Rhode Island Senator Lincoln D.Chafee changed his affiliation to Unaffiliated as a voter in Exeter*, where he is now registered, the change I recall took place on July 10TH.
His wife, Stephanie is registered in Providence as a Republican*. The Senator is a former Exeter resident and Warwick Mayor and City Councilman. What is amazing is the media has NOT picked this up yet and it happened several weeks ago!
Ironically former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey still maintains his GOP interest and was at the South County Republican Breakfast were I learned this about the Senator morning. My town, Hopkinton, was host. Mayor Laffey is now out with a new book did not mention this switch. It was mentioned by someone else.
Rhode Island does not have Independent Voter registration but you can register Unaffiliated. Under Rhode Island law any change in affiliation takes ninety days from filing the registration change. However an Unaffiliated Voter becomes identified with a political party immediately by voting in a party primary or filing as a candidate of that party.
On a personal level, I like BOTH men. Mayor Laffey was VERY SUPPORTIVE of me on the national convention delegate fiasco orchestrated by former Rhode Island State GOP Chair Patricia Morgan with R.I. State Rep. Susan Story, R-Barrington, also involved in process by chairing the effort to recommend delegate candidates. He appeared on both delegate slates.
Former Sen. Chafee was supportive of keeping Mrs. Morgan as Rhode Island GOP Chair. However to Sen. Chafee's credit he was the only prominent politician to call me when I was on the Hopkinton Town Council in regards to opposing "Big Box Store" development off an exit on Interstate#95 in my town. I would have felt better even if the state GOP Chair's pick was the Governor's he would have discussed the problems with Mrs. Morgan with the Governor.
A positive light on the GOP scene is our new State GOP Chair in Rhode Island "Gio" Cicione is a "breath of fresh air" from his predecessor. We recently lost another Rhode Island Republican State Representative "Rick" Singleton who for now is "man without a party."
Unfortunately the imbalance between the Democrats and Republicans in Rhode Island that the GOP has not controlled the Rhode Island House of Representatives since 1939-41 and the Rhode Island State Senate from 1957-59.
--Scott Bill Hirst
*Please note original post edited due to error in location of Mr. and Mrs. Chafee's being registered to vote.
No surprise here *ping*.
Good. The first RAT jumps ship!
Huh, I didn’t know Chaffee was a Republican. Learn somethin’ every day.
I thought he was already gone. Go figure.
Political Graveyard indeed!
Lincoln Chafee is not a name we ever need to concern ourselves with again.
I can’t hear what you are saying. The crickets are chirping too loud!
Excuse me while I drown my sorrow in champagne.
Surely that scumbag milquetoast Chafee isn’t contemplating a comeback of any kind?
I just don’t see how losing his seat to the ‘dems’ will even make any real difference? Good riddance.
Sure he is. Dogcatcher Lincoln Chafee (Unaffiliated-RI).
Lol! Talk about an irrelevant action.
Hey, isn’t that Steve Doocy?
One has to "have been" to be a "no longer"?
In other words was he really ever in the GOP in the first place?
An outed fifth column RINO doesn't help the Dems with the sheeple because even a complete moron knows that these days someone who calls themselves an Independent is really a Democrat.
Little Rhodie voters vs. some semblance of intelligence..
Why does it not occur to anyone that about 85% of the workforce is employed by the State?
We all saw this coming a mile away. Better to do it here and not in the senate.
In other good news, ISU 15 - U of Iowa 13!