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Former (RI) Sen. (Lincoln) Chafee Leaves GOP
The Political Graveyard Discussion Group ^ | 9-15-2007 | Scott Bill Hirst

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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: chafee; gop; lincolnchafee; seeya
This is from off one of my political groups I belong to. This was exactly what I predicted last year. Many Republicans were adamant about supporting his reelection efforts, but were he the 50th "Republican" in the Senate to have won last November, I doubt he would've remained by the time of the January organization and would've pulled this Jeffords move. It was one reason Mayor Laffey was the only viable choice in last year's GOP primary. Ultimately, as the RI voters demonstrated that when there's a choice between an ultraliberal RINO with a voting record identical to Hillary Clinton's and an authentic liberal Dem, they'll go with the real deal.
1 posted on 09/15/2007 7:03:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Clintonfatigued; Kuksool; AuH2ORepublican; JohnnyZ; Clemenza; MassachusettsGOP; darkangel82

No surprise here *ping*.


2 posted on 09/15/2007 7:04:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Good. The first RAT jumps ship!


3 posted on 09/15/2007 7:04:51 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Have you developed your 2008 bug-out plan?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Huh, I didn’t know Chaffee was a Republican. Learn somethin’ every day.


4 posted on 09/15/2007 7:05:17 PM PDT by Obadiah
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I thought he was already gone. Go figure.


5 posted on 09/15/2007 7:05:45 PM PDT by RichInOC (...make the stupid people shut up.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Political Graveyard indeed!
Lincoln Chafee is not a name we ever need to concern ourselves with again.


6 posted on 09/15/2007 7:06:39 PM PDT by counterpunch (Ron Paul is gearing up to be Hillary Clinton's Ross Perot.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I can’t hear what you are saying. The crickets are chirping too loud!


7 posted on 09/15/2007 7:07:31 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Excuse me while I drown my sorrow in champagne.


8 posted on 09/15/2007 7:07:42 PM PDT by dighton
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Surely that scumbag milquetoast Chafee isn’t contemplating a comeback of any kind?


9 posted on 09/15/2007 7:08:00 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: counterpunch

No Loss!


10 posted on 09/15/2007 7:08:47 PM PDT by jocko12
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I just don’t see how losing his seat to the ‘dems’ will even make any real difference? Good riddance.


11 posted on 09/15/2007 7:09:23 PM PDT by penelopesire
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Sweet!


12 posted on 09/15/2007 7:10:00 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Lancey Howard

Sure he is. Dogcatcher Lincoln Chafee (Unaffiliated-RI).

13 posted on 09/15/2007 7:14:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Lol! Talk about an irrelevant action.


14 posted on 09/15/2007 7:14:28 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Hey, isn’t that Steve Doocy?


15 posted on 09/15/2007 7:15:08 PM PDT by counterpunch (Ron Paul is gearing up to be Hillary Clinton's Ross Perot.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Isn't this similar to the "has-been" theory?

One has to "have been" to be a "no longer"?

In other words was he really ever in the GOP in the first place?

16 posted on 09/15/2007 7:15:48 PM PDT by infidel29 (Where there'sa a will... I want to be in it!)
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To: penelopesire
It means the Dems can’t pretend anymore that it’s a Republican seat. They sometimes get mileage out of “ it was a Republican who did it” when they mean a flaming RINO came down on their side on some issue to the surprise of nobody except the MSM.

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.

17 posted on 09/15/2007 7:19:51 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Little Rhodie voters vs. some semblance of intelligence..
hmmmm. LOOZAH’S!
Why does it not occur to anyone that about 85% of the workforce is employed by the State?


18 posted on 09/15/2007 7:20:05 PM PDT by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

We all saw this coming a mile away. Better to do it here and not in the senate.


19 posted on 09/15/2007 7:21:11 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

In other good news, ISU 15 - U of Iowa 13!


20 posted on 09/15/2007 7:21:42 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("Of course, a fool, what with sheer fright and fine sentiments, is always safe.")
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Good point!


21 posted on 09/15/2007 7:22:41 PM PDT by penelopesire
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To: fieldmarshaldj

good news
I’m so glad he’s finally gone


22 posted on 09/15/2007 7:26:04 PM PDT by firewalk (no)
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To: counterpunch
Never say "not ...ever".

I'm reminded of the RINO senator from CT that Lieberman replaced.

The guy went "independent" and became the guv, only to institute the income tax in CT.

From what I remember of the news reports, he undermined the very notion of a democracy by buying the votes of the legislators, and preventing anti-tax protestors from getting any where near the state house.

23 posted on 09/15/2007 7:39:40 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Former (RI) Sen. (Lincoln) Chafee Leaves GOP

They've probably turned too far left for the likes of him.

24 posted on 09/15/2007 7:50:54 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

ewww scum bag, good riddence


25 posted on 09/15/2007 8:01:09 PM PDT by mv2
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To: South40

ewww scum bag, good riddence


26 posted on 09/15/2007 8:01:11 PM PDT by mv2
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To: fieldmarshaldj
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.

Wow, Rhode Island seems to have gone Democrat a lot earlier than some other New England states.

This is the state that was so anti-Federalist that it refused to send a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. But they certainly haven't acted like it since.

27 posted on 09/15/2007 8:05:04 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Shabbat Shabbaton hi' lakhem, ve`inniytem 'et-nafshoteykhem; chuqqat `olam.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

The fact that he’s unaffiliated shows that even he knows that his public career is over.


28 posted on 09/15/2007 8:08:36 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

It went Democrat because of a full-scale political purge by Gov. Theodore Francis Green in the mid ‘30s. The GOP had tried to get the jump on the Dems by appealing to the French Canadian Catholic immigrants that had been coming in en masse (even elected a GOP French Canadian Senator in 1928), but Green’s ruthlessness was unmatched, and they never recovered from a legislative standpoint (despite the fact the GOP has actually controlled the Governorship for all but 4 of the last nearly 23 years).


29 posted on 09/15/2007 8:16:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Clintonfatigued

I was surprised he didn’t make it official and register rodent.


30 posted on 09/15/2007 8:16:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I guess he finally made official what we always knew, anyway.


31 posted on 09/15/2007 8:20:38 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Chaffe has no reason to pretend he’s a Republican any more since the RNC won’t be sending him more $.


32 posted on 09/15/2007 8:30:57 PM PDT by penowa
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’ll miss him.

But only because I’ve never learned to throw tomatoes with any aim.


33 posted on 09/15/2007 8:33:46 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: fieldmarshaldj
If Laffey, a small town Cranston Mayor, with a bragging voice, is the best Republican candidate that our sorry state can put forward as a Senate Candidate, then we deserve what we’ve voted for!

Because of the upheaval with Laffey’s flawed primary fiasco, Chaffee lost, and Chafee’s repacement, (D) Sheldon Whitehouse, a Clinton appointed AG, has become one of the most partisan A-Holes in the Senate!

Did anyone note that tS, Whitehouse, a 5 month junior senior puke, took over the dias from Leahy during the AG Gonsalves hearing, lecturing the AG Gonsalves on how the AG was a ethically challenged, untalented piece of garbage!

I’ve written Whitehouse on a couple of issues, this being one, taking him to task for showing so little class in his defiance of sitting presidential appointees

34 posted on 09/15/2007 8:44:12 PM PDT by aShepard
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Chaffee was a jerk. He was too full of himself to act like a team player, the way a real RINO is supposed to do. He will not be missed.

After his popular father’s long tenure in office, Chaffee could have been a senator for life. Basically he destroyed himself by offending everyone and proving that he could not be trusted.


35 posted on 09/15/2007 8:49:26 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Isn’t this old news?


36 posted on 09/15/2007 8:54:29 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: aShepard

I wouldn’t blame Laffey. Chafee simply needed to go. The WH decided to back these loser establishment RINOs in far too many contests, and the end result is a rodent Congress. As for that trash Whitehouse, he’ll probably be the Senator until they carry him out feet-first. Too bad Bob Weygand didn’t beat Chafee in 2000, at least we would’ve had a pro-lifer.


37 posted on 09/15/2007 8:55:47 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Salvation

In that he was never loyal, yes. The media never broke this story officially, which is what was bizarre. You’d think it would be something they’d love in order to bash the GOP with it. “Moderate Republican leaves GOP !” (Nevermind he was about as moderate as Mao Tse Hillary).


38 posted on 09/15/2007 8:57:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj
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.

Slightly correcting the above:
Unfortunately the (resemblance) between the Democrats and Republicans in Rhode Island (means) that the GOP has not controlled the Rhode Island House of Representatives since 1939-41 and the Rhode Island State Senate from 1957-59.

39 posted on 09/15/2007 9:00:16 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

We can thank Laura Bush for fighting for this idiot over a real deal conservative.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/10/17/chafees_foe_saves_attacks_for_bush/

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aqK_ZndZKGFs&refer=us

The less influence this woman has on the President’s policies, the better.


40 posted on 09/15/2007 9:03:59 PM PDT by KantianBurke
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Don’t let the door hit you in the a**.


41 posted on 09/15/2007 9:08:41 PM PDT by Cat loving Texan
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To: fieldmarshaldj

How can he leave where he’s never been?


42 posted on 09/15/2007 9:13:18 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Old news. This happened about 25 years ago.


43 posted on 09/16/2007 4:26:28 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Union work: comparable value for twice the price.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Thank you for that information. I was unaware of this.


44 posted on 09/16/2007 6:31:53 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Shabbat Shabbaton hi' lakhem, ve`inniytem 'et-nafshoteykhem; chuqqat `olam.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

He was a REPUBLICAN??/ and MARRIED??? Yikes.


45 posted on 09/16/2007 6:33:41 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her PHONINESS is REAL!!!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

I’ve never reallly known the feeling of “indifference” until now. Somehow it’s so free-ing to not give a cr*p if someone stays or goes. An Opus for Chafee: You say you’re gone. We didn’t realize you were here. Ooops, our bad.


46 posted on 09/16/2007 6:42:40 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness ( Bumper sticker idea: Hillary/Obama Nation '08. Let the desolation begin)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Lincoln Chafee was a Republican??????


47 posted on 09/17/2007 8:05:23 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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