Lt. Gov. Roberts won’t run against Chafee for governor in 2014

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts won’t be challenging independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee for Rhode Island’s top job in 2014.

“I do not see a scenario where I would run against Chafee,” Roberts, a second-term Democrat frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for governor, said Friday during a taping of WPRI 12’s “Newsmakers.” Roberts previously opted not to enter the crowded field of Democrats who tried and failed to win last year.

Roberts, who is barred by from seeking another term as lieutenant governor, was more cagey about the possibility that she would challenge Treasurer Gina Raimondo in a Democratic primary for governor three years from now. The full episode of “Newsmakers” will be posted on later today.

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