Lincoln Chafee, the Labor Candidate for Governor?

Previewing this weekends Newsmakers show on WPRI-TV (CBS 12), Ian Donnis of WRNI’s On Politics blog notes that George Nee, President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, currently believes that Lincoln Chafee is the gubernatorial candidate currently looked upon most favorably by labor…

Pressed about the three most evident gubernatorial candidates for 2010, Nee, acknowledged that labor has some concerns about Frank Caprio, hasn’t interacted greatly with Patrick Lynch, and looks relatively warmly at Lincoln Chafee.
I wonder what Mr. Nee and other members of labor inclined to support a Chafee gubernatorial bid believe that his solutions to the state’s continuing fiscal crisis would be.

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RJ Moeller
12 years ago

Hey I found your blog today linked from Human Events. I really like what I see. I’ll be sure to regularly stop in.
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George Elbow
George Elbow
12 years ago

“I wonder what Mr. Nee and other members of labor inclined to support a Chafee gubernatorial bid believe that his solutions to the state’s continuing fiscal crisis would be”
What fiscal crisis?
The state has over 60,000 people un-employed and massive budget deficits.
But apparently that is not a crisis …certainly not if you are a Public Employee sucking on the tit and immune and oblivious to the world around you.
How else does one justify George Nee & Co.’s position on furloughs, Pension reform, healthcare co-pays, Teacher pay based on performance rather than passage of time, etc.?
I guess they got Andrew’s memo that the Pension system, using the Walshian Assumptions, is indeed viable and sustainable, thus no need to reform.

Bob
Bob
12 years ago

“Public Employee sucking on the t*t”? Geez, isn’t this site monitored for vulgar language?

OldTimeLefty
12 years ago

This blog’s contributors were absolutely wrong when they tried to predict the last presidential election results. They will also be absolutely wrong in predicting a Chafee defeat if he chooses to run for a statewide office.
OldTimeLefty

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

OTL sorta missed the boat on the Us turning into a peoples republic anytime soon.It seems we’re not the mind numbed fools the Obama regime was counting on.
Those independent journalists who taped ACORN are heroes-they may have saved the next census from being compromised and thereby laying the basis for dishonest elections.Not to mention that massive voter fraud may have been somewhat derailed.

Monique
Editor
12 years ago

“they may have saved the next census from being compromised and thereby laying the basis for dishonest elections.Not to mention that massive voter fraud may have been somewhat derailed.”
Huh. Good points, Joe, I hadn’t thought about that.

George Elbow
George Elbow
12 years ago

Andrew,
As a Pension Plan expert, what’s your view on the RI Pension system, it’s viability & sustainability given the relatively modest contributions made by the employees in comparison to the Zero risk / Guaranteed benefits that are doled out to them at such early ages?
Does the RI Pension system Provide benefits that are fair and rationale, considering what is contributed by the employee?
Do you think the “reform” passed by the Legislature was adequate? Or do think, using the Walshian Assuptions, everything is working as it should, with no need to be concerned?

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Andrew, it’s not so much about Chafee ducking primaries (which can be said of any indie or third-party candidate), but what kind of campaign he runs.
Hopefully, Linc learned his lesson from the follies of the Guiliani and Hillary campaigns last year. As a Linc supporter, I would hope he does not bring the entitlement and hubris Guiliani (because he happened to be the guy in charge when the planes hit) and Hillary (just because she had a spouse occupy the Oval Office) brought to their campaigns.
The Democratic candidate will have already taken a beating. And who knows what the GOP will run (I’m still not convinced Laffey is passing it up).

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