Well, it’s old news now, but Steve Laffey and family have up and moved to Colorado.
In May — a month after he canceled a Tea Party speaking engagement in Rhode Island — Laffey paid $2 million for a four-bedroom home in Fort Collins. An MLS listing states that the house was sold on May 25: it was recorded in Larimer County records on May 26.
The property, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, includes 36 acres of land, a music room, exercise room, art studio, barn, tack room, and a pond, the listing states.
Laffey and his wife, Kelly, registered to vote in Colorado on July 21st, according to Nancy Wurl of the Larimer County Voter Registration office.
Laffey, the darling of the conservative movement in Rhode Island and one-time U.S. Senate candidate, registered as a Republican. He missed the deadline for voting in the state’s primary election this month.
“We are now sending notification to Rhode Island that he registered here,” so that his Rhode Island voter registration can be canceled, Wurl said on Thursday.
If a hard-charging change agent like Laffey has given up on Rhode Island, what does that say? No “Hope” after all? Or does it say less about the state of the Ocean State and more about Laffey? Commenters, take it away…
ADDENDUM: I didn’t mean to cop out, there. It’s not exactly speculative to conclude that the Laffeys simply thought it best for their family to move to Colorado and it’s hard to take them to task for that personal decision. Putting a finer point on it–whether you agree or disagree with his prescriptions–Laffey was one of the most passionate politicians in recent memory. He truly believed he could help his home state but was discouraged when not enough people seemed to be willing to make the changes along with him and he publicly said as much. After years of going “all in” with Rhode Island, it looks like he decided to cut his losses and move on. At least for now.