…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.

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Sammy in Sunny Arizona
Sammy in Sunny Arizona
10 years ago

“Losing track of his primary residence” ??
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Kernan F. King, the Republican candidate for state general treasurer who had, since 2005, received a property-tax break available only to permanent residents of Florida
King, moved from Massachusetts, where he had lived for 34 years, to Florida. In December 2004, The next month, he went to the Sarasota County property appraiser — same as a Rhode Island tax assessor — “”and applied for a homestead-tax exemption”””.
—Each year after that—, Sarasota County mailed him a notice to advise the property appraiser if anything had changed affecting his qualification for the homestead exemption. But King DID NOT report he was no longer a Florida resident
While King said he will pay the back taxes, he said that he will NOT pay everything that Property Appraiser says Sarasota County is due. $5,300, which includes the taxes King should have paid, plus a 50-percent penalty and 15-percent interest.
“I’ll pay whatever the difference is plus the interest, but I’m going to contest the penalty,” King said, adding that he sees no basis for it.

Patrick
Patrick
10 years ago

I’m sorry Sammy, but remind me, which publicly-elected seat does Kerry King currently hold? And if he doesn’t, why is he still relevant?

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
10 years ago

Mentioning sammy and relevance in the same sentence is a lost cause.

Dan
Dan
10 years ago

Sammy = Democratic troll
That is all.

Max Diesel
Max Diesel
10 years ago

“Kernan F. King, the Republican candidate for state general treasurer who had, since 2005, received a property-tax break available only to permanent residents of Florida”
And there in lies the rub. Not that I voted for King anyway but the Projo made a huge deal about his homestead exemption while Chafee slithered under the radar with a Providence exemption, a primary/registered voter address in Warwick, and cars registered in Exeter.
No bias there right?

Monique
Editor
10 years ago

“the Projo made a huge deal about his homestead exemption while Chafee slithered under the radar with a Providence exemption, a primary/registered voter address in Warwick, and cars registered in Exeter.”
…and David Cicilline was allowed to slither under the radar and into higher office despite much larger and far more damaging lies that (unlike Gov Chafee) he uttered in his official capacity.
It’s nice to have friends in the press.

OldTimeLefty
10 years ago

Dan,
You have to better than name calling. It exposes your “objectivity”, sort of like lifting a rock and exposing what’s underneath.
OldTimeLefty

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