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Will Rhode Island Make Gay Marriage Supporter Lincoln Chaffee Its Next Governor?

With Rhode Island’s laughably anti-gay Gov. Don Carcieri forced out of office by 2010 because of term limits, a friend of the Gs is entering the fray for the governor’s mansion: Republican turncoat Lincoln Chaffee, who loves himself some homos.

Well, homo marriage that is. A vocal supporter, he stood alone among the GOP with his unwavering support for same-sex marriage. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to earn any friends in Rhode Island — for that, he’s actually banking on his Independent status, which he adopted after leaving the Republican party in disgust for its right-wing conservatism that abandoned voters, and politicos, who are “pro-choice, pro-environment, antiwar, and fiscally responsible.” Chaffee ran for governor in 2006, losing to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

And while Chaffee has been clear about his gay marriage support, it’s unclear how much of a campaign issue he’ll make it. After all, Rhode Island was devastated by the recession, and Chaffee is already talking about fiscal discretion — not civil rights — as a means to get Rhode Island’s residents back on track.

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  • Matt

    Chafee ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, losing to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. He has never run for governor.

  • Peter

    Thank you, Matt, for correcting that error. Does anyone at queerty EVER check their copy? Spelling and grammatical typos and content errors abound on this site.

  • Lukas P.

    Chaffee is worth watching—I bet there are a couple moderate Repubs who are keeping their eye on his career choice to go independent. The state of RI is a mess financially, although I don’t know much about state politics there.

    Qwerty: What’s the last S for in the above headline? Is the copy editor on vacation or recovering from eye surgery? We still love ya.

  • Lance Rockland

    I interviewed the man a few years ago. He’s quite bright and would make a capable Governor.

  • FakeName

    There is no question mark in the word “governor”. Nor, unless there are two chief executives at a time in RI and Chafee plans to be both of them, should the word be pluralized.

    Plus, just the one F in the last name.

    And the fact-checking issue about his never having run for the office before.

    Hire a goddamn editor.

  • Lukas P.

    Oops—I did know there was ONE F in Chafee but without cofee I got conffused.

    At any rate, I have figured out from my short time reading and posting here that Queerty chooses not to correct errors once the articles hit the site. [sigh]

  • Lionel Lajoie

    May God bless Rhode Island. With Chaffee at the helm the ship is headed for the rocks. The first thing he did was allow all illegal immigrants a clear path to welfare and free health care in RI. I am seriously contemplating moving to another state.

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