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Former RI Sen. Lincoln Chafee Leaves GOP
NewsMax ^ | 9/16/2007

Posted on 09/17/2007 10:52:26 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator

Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he has left the Republican Party because the national GOP has drifted too far from him on critical issues, including the war in Iraq, the economy and the environment.

"It's not my party anymore," Chafee, who represented Rhode Island from 1999 until 2007, told The Providence Journal in an article published Saturday.

Chafee said he is now an unaffiliated voter after leaving the GOP "in June or July."

He said he made the move because "I want my affiliation to accurately reflect my status."

Chafee was appointed in 1999 after his father, Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., died suddenly, but lost last November's election to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

During that campaign, Chafee made an issue of his differences with the national party. He was the only Republican senator to oppose the resolution supporting the invasion of Iraq and was also critical of the "permanent deficits" caused by Republican tax cuts.

He also noted that he opposed other Republican stances, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

He told the newspaper that although the bipartisan Iraq Study Group recommended in December a gradual pullback of American forces, the advice has been largely ignored.

He also criticized Republican leaders for abandoning fiscal conservatism, once a mainstay of the GOP's platform, by passing tax cuts without spending cuts to balance the resulting loss of revenue.

The strategy, he said, has undermined social programs that bolster the American middle class. He specifically mentioned Pell grants, which help students attend college, and Head Start programs, which support the education of low-income children.


TOPICS: US: Rhode Island; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bubye; lincolnchafee; rino; seeya
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Good riddance to this loser. I can't understand why President Bush campaigned for this jerk in 2006.
1 posted on 09/17/2007 10:52:30 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator
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To: RightWingConspirator

Traitor without a country...


2 posted on 09/17/2007 10:54:17 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul
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To: RightWingConspirator

Chaffee leaves the GOP? How will anyone be able to tell?


3 posted on 09/17/2007 10:54:25 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Let’s hope he joins the Dems and brings his brand of “moderation” to their party....


4 posted on 09/17/2007 10:54:56 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Don’t let the door hit ‘ya where the good Lord split ‘ya you frigging RINO......


5 posted on 09/17/2007 10:55:23 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: RightWingConspirator

He was a Republican?


6 posted on 09/17/2007 10:55:28 AM PDT by doesnt suffer fools gladly (Liberals lie.)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Hey Chaffee, good riddance!


7 posted on 09/17/2007 10:55:32 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: RightWingConspirator

I’d say he’s bored hanging out at the country club, and hopes to get a job with Ron Paul....


8 posted on 09/17/2007 10:55:54 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: RightWingConspirator

Hasn’t he returned to his prior occupation as a farrier (that’s a horse-shoer to you folks in Rio Linda)? Regardless, he left the GOP a long long time ago....


9 posted on 09/17/2007 10:56:04 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: RightWingConspirator

We hate to see you go,
We hate to see you go,

We hope the heck,
You never come back,

We hate to see you gooooooo!


10 posted on 09/17/2007 10:56:21 AM PDT by papasmurf (I'm for Free, Fair, and Open trade. America needs to stand by it's true Friend. Israel.)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Who?


11 posted on 09/17/2007 10:56:23 AM PDT by Tolkien (There are things more important than Peace. Freedom being one of those.)
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To: RightWingConspirator

buh bye


12 posted on 09/17/2007 10:56:34 AM PDT by nuconvert ("Terrorism is not the enemy. It is a means to the ends of militant Islamism." MZJ)
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He said he made the move because "I want my affiliation to accurately reflect my status."

Like we couldn't figure that one out. Thank God another RINO bites the dust....now for the rest of them.....Snow, McCain, Specter.......you listening????

13 posted on 09/17/2007 10:56:44 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: 3AngelaD

LOL


14 posted on 09/17/2007 10:56:58 AM PDT by freekitty (May the eagles long fly over our beautiful and free American sky.)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Translation, he is a Socialist.


15 posted on 09/17/2007 10:57:06 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: RightWingConspirator

You mean he was a Republican?


16 posted on 09/17/2007 10:57:42 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Hillary 2008, the willing suspension of disbelief, or I can't remember for those of you in Rio Linda)
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To: RightWingConspirator
"He also criticized Republican leaders for abandoning fiscal conservatism, once a mainstay of the GOP's platform, by passing tax cuts without spending cuts to balance the resulting loss of revenue."

A pedant point perhaps, but federal revenue increased substantially after the 2003 tax cuts.

17 posted on 09/17/2007 10:59:41 AM PDT by avacado
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To: RightWingConspirator

Slow news day

Loser in last election announces his true stripes.


18 posted on 09/17/2007 11:00:15 AM PDT by listenhillary (millions crippled by the war on poverty....but we won't pull out)
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To: RightWingConspirator
I can't understand why President Bush campaigned for this jerk in 2006.

Don't forget that we also sacrificed John Bolton for this clown.
19 posted on 09/17/2007 11:01:30 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: RightWingConspirator
"It's not my party anymore," Chafee, who represented Rhode Island from 1999 until 2007, told The Providence Journal

It never was, RINO.
20 posted on 09/17/2007 11:01:53 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Good riddance, indeed. Don’t fight under OUR colors.


21 posted on 09/17/2007 11:02:38 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: RightWingConspirator
nah nah nah na
Hey hey
goodbye
22 posted on 09/17/2007 11:04:05 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: RightWingConspirator
"I want my affiliation to accurately reflect my status."

Status? Marooned Space Alien!

23 posted on 09/17/2007 11:06:24 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Rummyfan
Hasn’t he returned to his prior occupation as a farrier...

I aways thought he was a little "light in the loafers" if you know what I mean.

24 posted on 09/17/2007 11:08:55 AM PDT by McGruff (If I can't have Cheney, Fred will have to do.)
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
He was a Republican?

No.

He was a RINO.

25 posted on 09/17/2007 11:09:06 AM PDT by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Sad...his father, John Chafee, was a great SECNAV and GOP senator. The DDG-90 is named for him.


26 posted on 09/17/2007 11:12:51 AM PDT by meandog (I'm one of the FEW and the BRAVE FReepers still supporting John McCain)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Quick, let’s make the Republican Party even more “progressive” so that we can woo him back.


27 posted on 09/17/2007 11:13:04 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: RightWingConspirator

Rhode Island, the only state that didn’t show up for the original Constitution Convention, I think... because they misidentified themselves as a state, and they spelled “Road” incorrectly on the forms...... (/chuckle)


28 posted on 09/17/2007 11:15:09 AM PDT by Rick.Donaldson (http://realitycheck.blogsome.com - and yes, yes, I'm a "FredHead". Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: RightWingConspirator
He said he made the move because "I want my affiliation to accurately reflect my status."


29 posted on 09/17/2007 11:24:10 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: meandog

Too bad. He has a close relative who is an ex-marine and current Assistant US Attorney in Rhode Island.


30 posted on 09/17/2007 11:37:31 AM PDT by ssapro (SSAPRO/ EXBP)
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To: RightWingConspirator

This guy is likely the biggest whiner in politics today. After he lost his reelection bid last year he actually wrote a NY Times Op-Ed whinning about it and basically calling RI voters stupid for voting him out.


31 posted on 09/17/2007 11:39:38 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: RightWingConspirator
I can't understand why President Bush campaigned for this jerk in 2006.

Really? Why not?

32 posted on 09/17/2007 11:40:31 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RightWingConspirator

He never was a Republican. Voted with the Dems. most of the time and admitted he didn’t vote for Bush in 04. We never had him on our side and now he has made it official.


33 posted on 09/17/2007 11:43:52 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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“Former RI Sen. Lincoln Chafee Leaves GOP”

Took him long enough to do it formally. Guess he wanted to make it official!


34 posted on 09/17/2007 11:47:53 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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Rino looking back:

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35 posted on 09/17/2007 12:05:58 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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"It's not my party anymore,"

Perhaps what Lincoln meant to say was it wasn't his party to begin with (or it was alot LESS his party), then it became his party, and now its becoming less his party once again.

Still, one can imagine his disapointment.

36 posted on 09/17/2007 12:08:50 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: RightWingConspirator

Sounds like he’s suffereing from not getting any attention deficit disorder.


37 posted on 09/17/2007 12:10:57 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: RightWingConspirator

I hate RINO’s but they do help in the overall number when it comes to chairmanships. Is Rhode Island even capable of electing a real republican?


38 posted on 09/17/2007 12:11:46 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: RightWingConspirator

Better late than never. When the last Republican leaves RI, please turn out the lights.


39 posted on 09/17/2007 12:12:48 PM PDT by MurryMom
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Better late than never.

Ditto that.

I've always thought Lincoln had a face for the democratic party.


40 posted on 09/17/2007 12:15:09 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: RightWingConspirator

What a jackass! It never was ‘his’ party - he’s a liberal who slipped into an office inherited from his father. He’s a vicious and dishonest mealy-mouthed fraud who undermined our nation in a critical time of our history. His spineless devotion to anti-American haters and terrorists will be his only legacy.....


41 posted on 09/17/2007 12:30:00 PM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Gives the “Winners of Lifes Lottery” a bad name.


42 posted on 09/17/2007 1:08:27 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: OrioleFan

No Loss.


43 posted on 09/17/2007 1:22:45 PM PDT by jocko12
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To: RightWingConspirator

He left long ago.


44 posted on 09/17/2007 1:44:03 PM PDT by b4its2late (FOOTBALL REFEREES: Best seat in the house, and we're paid to be there.)
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Leaves republican party, however remains a RINO or Marxist Dimocrat in body and soul.
45 posted on 09/17/2007 1:45:58 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (All Marxist Dimocrats and ANYONE who supports them are my sworn enemies.)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Where are all the folks that said we could trust this ex-RINO to remain a “RINO” if re-elected? Laffey got screwed, and so did everyone that donated to the GOP and had their funds used to support this idiot in the primary fight.

A job well done GOP.

You alienated your base, diverted funds to save his butt that could have been used in races like Allen’s to fend off the WAPO attacks, and what did you get for the effort? Chaffee’s race wasn’t even close and he leaves the Party.

I’m thrilled the loser is gone, but disgusted your effort was spent on him when it could have been better used elsewhere.


46 posted on 09/17/2007 3:46:46 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (A government thatís big enough to do everything for us is powerful enough to do anything to us.- F.T)
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To: Squidpup

What’s that RINO wearing?


47 posted on 09/17/2007 5:25:17 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Take the wheel, Fred.)
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To: RightWingConspirator
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
48 posted on 09/18/2007 8:17:14 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: RightWingConspirator

RightWingConspirator: MurryMom is a leftie working on her 11th banishment from FreeRep. Don’t respond and maybe she will self-destruct before she’s ZOTTED.


49 posted on 10/03/2007 7:50:52 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: RightWingConspirator

The RNC gave money to this guy ... which is why I don’t give money to the RNC anymore.


50 posted on 10/03/2007 7:55:18 PM PDT by vamoose
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