Laffey Still Not Running
Those convinced that the motivation for closing the RI GOP primary begins and ends with former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey’s possible bid for governor have lost a talking point:
Former Republican Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey has opted against running for governor this year, despite a “Draft Laffey” campaign by a conservative bloc within the state GOP to try to change his previously announced decision to sit out the 2010 elections.
Laffey told disappointed supporters over the weekend he was not running, and reaffirmed that in a statement issued early Monday morning that said:
“There has been quite a bit of speculation over the past several weeks as to whether I would enter the 2010 gubernatorial race in Rhode Island. This statement will put to rest any further speculation regarding my entry into the race… I am not a candidate for governor of Rhode Island and I have not changed my position.”
He continued: “To date I have not seen sufficient evidence to convince me that the majority of Rhode Islanders are in favor of the kind of fixes that I know Rhode Island needs to save it from financial collapse. Therefore, I am convinced that a campaign based on these ideas would not be successful.”
Hm. Gee, perhaps the ideological-based arguments being made by the primary closers (really “shifters”; the idea is to move the registration requirements back from “at the polling place” to 90 days before) are genuine after all….