…and Water is Wet!
Newsflash, Lincoln Chafee is not liked by Rhode Islanders! Ok, maybe that’s not too surprising, but in a recent GoLocalProv.com poll, Lincoln Chafee has an unfavorable rating of 47%. Well, he could like at the bright side in that he only received votes from 36.1% of the voters and now 45% give him a “favorable” rating.
I never think it’s really that fair when people point out that 63.9% of the voters didn’t want Chafee to be the Governor, because if you look at it that way, you can make an argument that it was worse for each of the other candidates. Plus, Chafee didn’t make the election rules, he simply played by them.
However, even though we’ve had a Republican governor for the prior 16 years, Rhode Island is typically one of the bluest of the blue states when it comes to voting record. Chafee, bluer than Papa Smurf, should be well-liked with his history of independence, family name and attraction to progressive causes. Instead, he just can’t get over the threshold with Rhode Islanders. He comes across as a poor decision-maker. When even the General Assembly thinks you’re trying to tax people too much, chances are you’ve gone way off the deep end. He had a chief of staff that stiffed the taxpayers for $250,000, losing track of his primary residence, and most recently, using a board appointed by him, trying to use back-door tactics to allow non-US citizens to receive in-state tuition to Rhode Island state colleges.
So maybe the really surprising part of the GLP.com poll isn’t that Chafee’s unfavorable rating is so high, maybe the surprising part is that it’s that low.