“Independent” Candidate, Inside Players
It’s old news, at this point, that Linc Chafee won the endorsement of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, but I’ve been holding on to my clipping of the article until a moment presented itself to highlight the essential truth of his campaign:
Chafee described the endorsement as a recognition of his “long record of support of public education,” his role in settling the teacher dispute he “inherited” when he first won election as mayor of Warwick, his resistance while he was still in the U.S. Senate to “some strong Republican pressure to support [school] vouchers,” and his call for the appointment of a mediator to help settle the standoff between the teachers union and the administration in Central Falls.
The “independent” Chafee is the candidate for people who wish to preserve the unsustainable civic structure that has brought Rhode Island to its knees. If he wins, we should all be very grateful that the governor has very limited constitutional authority, in this state.
At least Democrat Frank Caprio can boast, according to the article, the support of unions that actually need Rhode Island to be economically healthy in order to survive:
In May, he won the endorsement of two locals in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. One represents about 1,000 construction electricians, and the other about 1,000 telephone, cable and Internet workers.
“Almost 45 percent of our local is unemployed right now, and their families are hurting,” said Al Durand, business manager of one of the two locals. “We need Frank’s leadership and his ideas, and I know our local is ready to rally behind him.”