Chafee prepares to end chapter as RI governor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Chafee’s political resume has spanned three decades of public service from city councilman, to Warwick mayor, to United States senator.

Gov. Chafee is preparing to end another chapter, after spending the past four years as Rhode Island’s 74th governor. He used the analogy that the house was on fire when he took office, which is a reference primarily to the abysmal economy and the difficult situation he inherited.

During his time, he covered all major political parties. He was a Republican, turned Independent, turned Democrat. Chafee said he switched to the Democratic party because he felt it was hard to govern when unaffiliated.

Though he plans to take January off, Chafee said he wouldn’t completely rule out running for office again.

“I’ve been a local, federal, state… I’ve been Republican, Democrat, and Independent. I think I bring some experience to the table,” he said.

Chaffee would not reveal if he had work lined up yet, but said he has not been approached by the Obama administration.

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