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Chafee rallies with the Dems

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As a new found Democrat, Governor Lincoln Chafee is now rallying with the Democrats.

According to the Governor's schedule on Tuesday Governor Chafee will spend 11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at a rally with President Barack Obama and Congressman Ed Markey. The rally is to promote the campaign of Markey who is vying for John Kerry's vacated Senate seat in a special election on June 25.

The rally will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Chafee will stand by his good friend Barack Obama during a difficult time in his presidency where many are pointing fingers and blaming his administration for the IRS Scandal and the recent leaking of national security programs.

The real question is will Chafee snap a picture with the president who will be taking photos with Markey donors in order to raise money for the campaign. While the event itself, the rally, is free, a photo with the "big guy" will cost you. It is unclear how much a donor is expected to pay before snapping the pic or if Chafee will pay for the pic or get a freebie because he is a friend.

Markey is facing off against Republican Gabriel Gomez and the race has been pretty heated with both sides exchanging barbs regularly.

Gomez has said that bringing Obama to town only proves that Markey is "running scared." The Markey campaign on the other hand said the goal is to raise some money and boost exposure.

Partisan attacks have been heavy in the race with Markey accusing Gomez of being, *gasp,* a Republican, which he is and Gomez slamming Markey for bringing in the president. (can you say jealous?)

Meanwhile, Governor Chafee will be there for the fun. Politically he has been "born-again"- this time a Democrat, and now the former Republican; former Independent is embracing his new party.

He can finally stand with the Democrats and not take the heat from both parties when he returns. And they can stand with him and be proud because he too is a Democrat.

So much for Rhode Island's Independent governor- although that was pretty much over after the Democratic National Convention wasn't it?


Dee DeQuattro is the assignment desk manager and digital news coordinator for ABC6. She studied politics and communications and holds a master's degree from Providence College. Follow her on twitter @deedequattro and log on to ABC6 .com for her latest in depth coverage of politics and news.

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