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Chafee Considering 2018 Comeback

The former governor could face fellow Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 25, 2017, 10:34 a.m.

Former Gov. Lin­coln Chafee (D) “says he’s a long way from mak­ing a de­cision on wheth­er to pur­sue a comeback bid, but he’s keep­ing the op­tion open.”

Chafee: “It’s early, and I don’t have any fur­ther com­ment oth­er than that. … Nev­er say nev­er.”

“A 2018 gubernat­ori­al bid would pit Chafee, 64, against” Gina Rai­mondo (D), “who had a fam­ously cold re­la­tion­ship with him des­pite their col­lab­or­a­tion on the land­mark 2011 pen­sion over­haul. Chafee de­clined to seek re-elec­tion in 2014 after fa­cing low ap­prov­al rat­ings throughout his time in of­fice, and en­dorsed Clay Pell, one of Rai­mondo’s primary op­pon­ents. … Chafee has ree­m­erged re­cently in a series of in­ter­views, with sharp cri­tiques of Rai­mondo’s per­form­ance as well as me­dia cov­er­age of Pres­id­ent Trump.” (WPRI)

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