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Saturday, April 16, 2005

RI-Sen: Chafee's War Purse

Posted by Bob Brigham


WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who is likely to face a strong challenge in his re-election race in 2006, raised about $136,000 in the last three months, far less than other New England senators gearing up their campaigns.

Ouch. That is embarrassing.

At least two Rhode Island Democrats have announced they will challenge Chafee, who is seeking his second full term. He was appointed in November 1999 after the death of his father, Sen. John Chafee, to fill the remainder of the term. He was elected to a full term in 2000.

Democrats Sheldon Whitehouse, a former Rhode Island attorney general, and Secretary of State Matt Brown have each announced they plan to challenge Chafee.

According to campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Chafee has raised a little more than $1 million for the 2006 race since the last election, and has about $765,000 in cash on hand.

Not only is Chafee's fundraiser inept, but incompetence seems to be a trait Chafee looks for when hiring, check out the damage control:

"The senator is $1 million ahead of where he was at this time in the 2000 race," spokesman Stephen Hourahan said.

So with five years to raise money, Senator Chafee is no better than he was when he was thrust into an unexpected race while mourning his father's death?

Posted at 01:10 PM in 2006 Elections - Senate, Rhode Island | Technorati