Gathering in the Salon
If you’re a resident of Rhode Island who disagrees with a position and intended action of Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee, you’ll find his public chambers blocked. But those who cut a powerful visage, and their sundry attendants, he’ll welcome to his manse to foster amicability among our state aristocrats:
Chafee took another step toward amicable relations with the Assembly on Thursday evening, hosting a private cocktail reception for legislative leaders at his home in Warwick.
Chafee spokesman Michael Trainor said about 40 were in attendance, including senior staff for the assembly delegation, members of Chafee’s growing Cabinet, and their spouses and wives.
“It was a kind of get acquainted and establish a personal relationship with persons in the Assembly,” he said. “From our view, it’s time to bring Rhode Island together rather than drive it apart. Unlike the prior administration, we want to collaborate with the Assembly as well as other major constituencies like business and labor.”
Of course, cocktails are quite another thing from policy discussion. Those on the guest list may or may not have opportunity to open the gov-elect’s mind, but at least they can bask in the glow of rulership.