Whom the Candidates Represent

An article about the RI gubernatorial candidates’ appearance before the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns crystallizes — for those people who still, astonishingly, do not see — that Lincoln Chafee is little more than the candidate of the public-sector unions. On whether he’d pledge not to reduce state aid to municipalities:

Independent Lincoln D. Chafee went at the issue a different way, citing his plan to raise additional money through the sales tax

Regarding whether municipal leaders ought to have more authority over school finances:

… Chafee said school committees are already accountable to the people who elect them. Instead, he said he would work with other governors to secure more federal funding to help cover special-education costs.

On whether teachers’ unions should have recourse to binding arbitration, Chafee’s answer was, “yes.” For Chafee, governing Rhode Island would be all about more money for union-funding activities and union-supporting policies.
The article also makes clear that those pragmatists who claim that Democrat Frank Caprio would be preferable by far to Chafee clearly make a valid point. I fear, however, that Caprio’s governance would be all too familiar. Note, for example, his willingness to pledge to make no cuts to municipalities. That’s a standard political promise to the people who happen to be in the room, and when push comes to shove, it will have either to be broken or to be allowed to supersede other impressions that he’s worked to foster among the electorate, like a preference for not raising state taxes.
The only candidate who didn’t make that pledge, by the way, was Republican John Robitaille, who cited his inability to see into the future.

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hellas
hellas
10 years ago

Then people here ought to vote Robitaille. Vote for the candidate you believe in, not the one you think is the only candidate that can stop the other guy. Make that mistake, you’re stuck with it.

Mike Cappelli
Mike Cappelli
10 years ago

The notion that sLinc Chafee is independent is hilarious. The inbred is a puppet of the public sector unions.
If Rhode Islanders are so stupid as to vote for such an obvious nitwit, they truly deserve what they get.
If you don’t like the public sector unions, you don’t like sLinc Chafee.

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