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Chafee Calls Laffey Democrat's Favorite Person (posted
Feb. 5, 2006)
U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee said that Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey
is the "Democrat's favorite person" owing to his criticisms of
Chafee's voting record. Appearing on the WJAR-TV show
"10 News Conference", the Senator complained that "Democrats love having
Laffey in the [Senate] race." Chafee made his comments when asked about his
Republican challenger's criticisms of his vote against the Supreme Court
nomination of Alito.
Chafee indicated that his strategy in the GOP is "a large turnout" and said
"I need to get unaffiliated voters in the primary." Chafee
clearly sees that he will do better with Independents than Republicans participating
in that primary. Referring to Republicans, Chafee said, "they are mad at me" due
to his votes against President Bush's various policy initiatives, including tax cuts
and the war in Iraq.
Despite his problems with local Republicans, Senator Chafee said his relationship
with Washington members of the GOP remained strong. Speaking of President Bush,
Chafee said "we have a good relationship. He said he would help if I needed his
help." When asked if this meant Bush would come to Rhode Island to campaign
on his behalf, Chafee indicated he didn't plan to ask the president to visit the
Ocean State. "I don't think it is fair to be standing next to him" after complaining
about the administration's policies. But Chafee said prominent Republicans
such as John McCain might campaign with him.
Near the end of the interview, Chafee took a shot against Laffey.
He said, "our styles are v ery different. I work hard to bring
groups together. He revels in contention."