Governor Lincoln Chafee tells anyone who will listen that he is running for reelection in 2014, despite poll numbers that show him lagging behind other aspirants, including Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo. Well, Chafee, an independent is getting back into the fund-raising game with a big-ticket fund-raiser in Washington D.C. on Feb. 25, when Chafee is scheduled to be in the nation’s capitol for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
The host committee for the breakfast event, a three-tier time with contributions ranging from $500 to $2,000, reads like a power breakfast of Rhode Island Democrats. On the committee is the entire Washington, D.C. congressional delegation, including Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Reps. David Cicilline and Jim Langevin and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
Others on the list a slew of top lobbyists/political consultants with Rhode Island connections, including Gerry Harrington, Matthew Lopes Jr., Rick McAuliffe Jr., Carolyn Murray, Sam Reid, Sean Richardson, Chris Vitale, Adam Brand and super political consultant Tad Devine, who handled Chafee’s winning media campaign in 2010.