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Chafee bows out; sets off scramble in governor's race

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

There were a lot of handshakes and thank you's for Governor Chafee outside the DMV headquarters in Cranston, after he stunned the Rhode Island political landscape by announcing he won't run for reelection.

"Many factors came in but, it's been a long time in thinking about it and talking about it, with my family about it and I am obviously very happy with it," said Gov. Lincoln Chafee, (D-RI).

So with Governor Chafee out, who is in?

Businessman Ken Block is running, but has not declared from which party.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is considered a likely Republican candidate, but says the Chafee decision won't sway him.

"The decision that I am making isn't going to be impacted by what any other individuals may or may not do. You know I have been saying all along that I am taking a serious look at this race," said Mayor Allan Fung, (R-Cranston).

Chafee had sent off wild speculation just three months ago year when he switched parties from independent to Democrat. That put him in a potential three–way Democratic primary with State Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, neither of whom has officially announced yet.

"This is not a time to talk about me. As I've said, I will talk about my future very soon. This is really a time to really reflect and appreciate what the Governor has done and is doing. And I look forward to working with him to strengthen our cities and towns across the state," said Mayor Angel Taveras (D-Providence).

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "State Treasurer Gina Raimondo also issued a statement thank Governor Chafee for his service, but did not mention her possible bid for Governor."

 

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