Rhode Island Dem Gov Gina Raimondo Faces Possible Primary Challenge From Her Predecessor Lincoln Chafee

Rhode Island Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo received some unwelcome news last night ...

The RGA reports: 

Rhode Island Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo received some unwelcome news last night when her predecessor, Democrat Governor Lincoln Chafee, further fanned speculation that he may seek to challenge her in the state’s 2018 Democrat primary. Chafee has spent months feuding with Raimondo, openly criticizing her failed record in numerous radio and TV interviews. The news comes as Raimondo faces low approval ratings, bipartisan criticism of her handling of a scandal-plagued state agency, “anemic” job growth, and even talk of unseating her as the Democrat nominee by some of her big labor allies. As Raimondo desperately tries to boost her waning popularity through phony PR events while ignoring Rhode Island’s challenges, it‘s clear that she faces an increasingly tough road to re-election with even members of her own party seeking to oust her from office in 2018.


 Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee is still mulling whether to challenge his successor Gina Raimondo in the 2018 election, but he has made one decision – there would be a “D” next to his name if he jumps into the race.

“I’m a Democrat,” Chafee told Eyewitness News in an interview Monday.

Therefore, Chafee said, if he decides to enter the governor’s race he would run against Raimondo, a first-term Democrat, in next September’s party primary. “That would be the plan,” he said.

Chafee won election to the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 2000, then won the governor’s office as an independent in 2010, only to join the Democratic Party in 2013. He declined to seek re-election as governor in 2014, but surprised many the following year when he decided to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. He exited the White House race soon after the first debate.

Some had speculated that if Chafee were to run for governor in 2018 he might do so as an independent rather than a Democrat, giving him the chance to pull left-leaning voters away from Raimondo in the general election. She is planning to seek re-election, though she has not officially kicked off her campaign.

Previously: 

9 hours ago

GOP Governor Charlie Baker Of Massachusetts Named One Of The “World’s Greatest Leaders” By Fortune Magazine

Governor Charlie Baker continues to set a clear example for bipartisan leadership in his second term as Massachusetts’ chief executive.

13 hours ago

Louisiana Loses More Jobs Under Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana lost 1,700 jobs over the last 12 months through March, with the biggest losses in the state’s vital construction industry.

5 days, 15 hours ago

GOP Governor Kim Reynolds Is Making Iowa A National Leader For Children’s Mental Healthcare

Iowa’s State Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill to create a first-ever statewide children’s mental health system,

6 days, 12 hours ago

In Florida, Ron DeSantis Accelerates Conservative Agenda

As his first legislative session winds down, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis—elected five months ago by the narrowest of margins—has soared in popularity ...

1 week ago

GOP Governor Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Becoming The “Seat of Advanced Manufacturing In America”

Working families are gaining access to new high-paying jobs as the state’s economy continues to move toward unprecedented new heights.

1 week ago

New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy Under Fire For “Patronage Pit” Festering In His Administration

Murphy’s mismanagement of New Jersey has gotten so dire that members of his own party are now openly criticizing his failed leadership.