Governor's Move to Dem. Party Costs Support of Lifelong Friend

Jun 10, 2013

Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s switch to the Democratic Party has cost him one key supporter. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, a longtime Chafee friend and backer, said he will not support the governor in his re-election bid.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee's move to the Democratic party has cost him the endorsement of Republican Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian.
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“He’s been a lifelong friend so I’ll still be his friend but we’ll have to see what happens politically as we move forward,” said Avedisian.  “I’m a Republican and I would expect to be supporting the Republican candidate.”

The only Republican who’s expressed an interest in the governorship so far is Cranston Mayor Alan Fung.  Chafee changed party affiliations from independent to Democrat two weeks ago.  Originally a Republican, he left the GOP because of its increasingly conservative bent.

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