Yeah. The Candidate of “Fiscal Responsibility”
All one needs to know about Lincoln Chafee and his pending run for governor (including his status as a garden-variety left-wing Democrat) is revealed in this:
The Republican-turned-Independent Chafee has been out and about seeking support from George Nee, secretary-treasurer of the state AFL-CIO, among others. Late last week, Nee said he had lunch with Chafee six or seven weeks ago and told him that a year and a half out is way too early to make a commitment to anyone. But, Nee said, “I think that Linc Chafee has had a very good record with the labor community and I think he would be given very, very serious and respectful consideration.”
He can run or not, as far as I’m concerned, but I’m not so sure that the common wisdom that he’d split the Republican vote is accurate. At best, he’ll split both parties, but I imagine he’d cost the Democrats more, especially if they run a candidate who pleases the state’s progressives.