Thursday, February 10, 2005

RI - US Senate Race Watch, Continued

Marc Comtois has a thought provoking post at Anchor Rising on the race brewing over incumbent RINO Lincoln Chafee's US Senate Seat.

I agree with most of Marc's excellent analysis and most of his conclusions with one exception. I think one must keep an eye on Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey.

Laffey, a Republican from the grass roots rather than the blue blood roots, can come across as hard boiled. That is, in part, due to his persona, but also to the tasks he has taken on.

Although it would not surprise me if Laffey might have some difficulty attracting women votes, for example, he's nonetheless also proven himself to be very savvy. I could imagine him adjusting his style in a Senate campaign while leaning heavily on his indisputed accomplishments in Cranston, were he to take the plunge.

I don't see RI Governor Donald Carcieri going for this seat for a couple of reasons. One would be that, like most RI Republicans, he'd not be apt to upset the Chafee dynasty. The other is that he can run securely for another 4 years as governor. I think the seat belongs to US Congressman James Langevin if he shoots for it like many think, except if Laffey gets serious and throws his hat in the ring. And if he does, and my guess is that he will, this will become a very interesting and race and one that will be very visible nationally.

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