RIPR News
12:00 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Elderly advocates undecided on Taylor nomination

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Several leading advocate groups for the elderly say they're withholding judgment on Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee's nomination of Republican Catherine Taylor to direct the state's department of elderly affairs.

Taylor's lack of experience in the realm of senior issues has raised some eyebrows around the state, but organizations like the Senior Agenda Coalition and the Gray Panthers are taking a wait and see attitude towards Chafee's nominee.

Virginia Burke is the president and CEO of the Rhode Island Health Care Association-an advocacy group for the state's nursing homes. "There's a little bit of concern about the lack of experience in elder affairs," she says, "but we'll give her a chance. If the Governor-elect trusts her, I'm sure he has his reasons."

Catherine Taylor ran a close but unsuccessful race for Secretary of State in the past election. She's served as a speech writer for Lincoln Chafee as well as his late father- Senator John Chafee.

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