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Mon January 6, 2014
Chafee Yet To Give Endorsement To Any Democratic Gubenatorial Candidate
Governor Lincoln Chafee says he still hasn’t decided which candidate to support in this year’s gubernatorial race but he’s decided one thing. Chafee, a Republican-turned independent-turned Democrat, said there’s no way he would endorse a Republican.
"I’m a democrat and I’m a very proud member of the democratic party now. It’s been an evolution, as you know. And I’m proud to become a democrat and stand up for the values of building the middle class and closing the disparity of wealth that exists in this country and that’s what I care about," said Chafee.
Chafee is not seeking a second term but there’s a growing field of candidates who would like to replace him. Announced candidates include Democrats Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer, and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.
On the Republican side, Moderate Party founder Ken Block is facing off against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. And it’s widely expected that Clay Pell, the grandson of the late Senator Claiborne Pell, will jump into the democratic contest.
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