When news broke last week that Governor Lincoln Chafee would speak at the Democratic National Convention, it no doubt caused some head-scratching here in Rhode Island; Chafee’s approval ratings have been poor, and the governor, while sometimes praised for his candor, isn’t exactly the smoothest of public speakers.
In 30 years in Rhode Island politics, Lincoln Chafee has been elected to every office from Warwick city council, to U.S. Senate and governor. He never has been a Democrat. Yet now independent Governor Chafee will have the biggest speaking role any Rhode Island political figure has had at any Democratic National Convention since 1964, when Sen. John Pastore was the keynote convention speaker.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee will join such Rhode Island Democratic Party leaders as House Speaker Gordon Fox, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte between September 4th to 6th.
Chafee, a Republican-turned-independent, has been invited to the convention because of his support for President Obama, says Democratic State Chairman Edwin Pacheco.
Chafee is one of 35 national “co-chairs’’ of Obama’s reelection campaign.
UPDATE: Governor Chafee has issued a statement saying that “Caleb will accept responsibility for his actions.” The governor also said that he and his wife “have taken this matter seriously.”
Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s son, Caleb Chafee, has been charged with a count of violating Rhode Island’s social host law that bars serving alcohol to people not old enough to meet the state’s 21-year old drinking age.
Here’s the release from the office of Governor Lincoln Chafee:
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today announced that attorney Richard J. Land will serve as 38 Studios’ Receiver as the Governor and the State of Rhode Island work to recoup as many taxpayer dollars as possible. Mr. Land has served as a court-appointed Receiver for a variety of businesses and has represented clients in all levels of state court in Rhode Island, in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and the United State Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island.
Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena tends to get somewhat less attention than some of his counterparts from other cities. But Polisena was candid and quotable during a visit to Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable last week. Here are some of the highlights: