Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he didnâ€™t just switch parties to earn brownie points among Democrats â€” he did so because of the changing dynamics of the Republican party.
â€œThe Southernersâ€¦just had a different view of where the Republican party should be and as a result the North Easteners and some of the other moderate Republicans slowly were taken out of the party, either by elections or by choice,â€ Chafee explained to MSNBCâ€™s Chris Matthews on Thursday. â€œThe shift occured down to the south. My dad [former Sen. John Chafee] lost his leadership position to Sen. Cochran from Mississippi, and then the next year Sen. Simpson from Wyoming was too moderate and lost his leadership position too.â€
Chafee officially switched his party registration Thursday going from independent to Democrat, after initially being a Republican. And if his words are anything to go by, heâ€™s not going to miss the GOP.
â€œSome of the policies they have advanced and having lost the â€˜08 election and now the â€˜12 election, I know thereâ€™s a lot of introspection by the Republicans,â€ Chafee said. â€œIâ€™m just happy to have found a home, myself, with the Democrats. As Iâ€™ve worked with the governors, all the governors in the NGA as an independent. Iâ€™m happy to now join with those Democratic governors. Itâ€™s like-minded philosophy.â€
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