Lincoln Chafee - Independent Candidate for Rhode Island Governor

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5 Providence City Council members and nominees endorse Chafee

October 29, 2010

For Immediate Release

October 28, 2010

Five Providence City Council members and Democratic Party nominees for Providence City Council announce their endorsement of Senator Lincoln Chafee for Governor in response to Treasurer Caprio’s comments about President Obama.

Three Providence City Council members, Miguel Luna, Kevin Jackson and Luis Aponte, along with two Democratic Party nominees for City Council, Sabina Matos and Davian Sanchez, announced their endorsement of Lincoln Chafee for Governor today.

"President Obama inspired so many young people like me to get involved in politics,” said Davian Sanchez, the Democratic Party nominee for City Council in Ward 11. “I was shocked by Treasurer Caprio’s disrespectful comments about President Obama Monday and I made the decision to support Lincoln Chafee for governor.  I was most disturbed that Treasurer Caprio spoke favorably of former President Bush flying over New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  The choice is clear: Lincoln Chafee stood up to Bush in the Senate and Frank Caprio compares Bush favorably to Obama on one of Bush’s biggest mistakes ever.” (Mr. Sanchez was referring to comments by Caprio on WPRO and reported in the Providence Journal that compared Bush’s flyover of New Orleans favorably to Obama’s handling of the Warwick floods.)

“I am honored to endorse former Senator Chafee for Governor,” said Councilman Miguel Luna of Ward 9.  “Lincoln Chafee doesn’t sugar coat the hard decisions we have to make in government.  He tells us the direct truth, even if it is uncomfortable.”

“Senator Chafee is the only candidate who has a plan to address the property tax burden that the State has been forcing onto the Cities and Towns,” explained Councilman Kevin Jackson of Ward 3.  “This will help all Rhode Island homeowners tremendously.”

Reflecting on Chafee’s “100 Days for Jobs” plan that concentrates on ways to create jobs, Councilwoman-elect Sabina Matos said, “The people who live in my Ward need the creation of new jobs. More jobs would put an end to the unemployment in my neighborhoods, and give families here a better life.”

There are fifteen members of the Providence City Council.

Miguel Luna 401-499-5992
Sabina Matos 401-529-2695
Luis Aponte 401-9968480
Davian Sanchez 401-263-2354
Kevin Jackson 401-286-4223

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Stump for Chafee in Warwick Monday

October 28, 2010

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Contact: John Cucco
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Stump for Chafee in Warwick Monday


(Warwick, Rhode Island, October 28, 2010) Lincoln Chafee, independent candidate for Governor, today announced that independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will travel to Rhode Island Monday to join him on the campaign trail.

“I am proud and honored to have Mayor Bloomberg campaign with me here in Rhode Island,” Chafee said. “He is one of our nation’s foremost leaders and most successful businessmen, and I look forward to discussing with him the immense problems Rhode Island faces and my plans for job creation and economic growth. There is no question that this election is about the economy, and as Governor I will bring good, high-paying jobs to our state and close the budget deficit.”

Mayor Bloomberg previously appeared at a September Chafee event at Providence’s Biltmore Hotel. In his remarks, Bloomberg praised Chafee’s “distinguished career” and stated that his name brings to mind “experience and integrity.” Rhode Islanders can trust Chafee, Bloomberg said, to put their interests “ahead of party interests” and to “produce results – because that’s exactly what he did as a mayor and as senator.”

“Mayor Bloomberg and I share the core convictions of independence, fiscal responsibility, ethics, and commitment to the public trust,” Chafee concluded today. “He is a great man and a great leader, and I’m proud to have him travel to Rhode Island on my behalf to help spread my message of honesty, integrity, and independence.”

Further details on Mayor Bloomberg’s visit will be made available before Monday.

Lincoln Chafee, former Mayor of Warwick and former US Senator, seeks to become the first independent Governor in Rhode Island history, running on a platform of honesty, proven experience and political independence.

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Media Advisory: Chafee para Gobernador

October 26, 2010

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Contact: John Cucco
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MEDIA ADVISORY

Lincoln Chafee, independent candidate for Governor, today launched a new Spanish-language website, www.chafeeparagobernador.com. The site will serve as an entrance point for Rhode Island's large Spanish-speaking community.

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Aviso a los medios: Chafee para Gobernador

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Contact: John Cucco
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jcucco@chafeeforgovernor.com
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AVISO A LOS MEDIOS

Lincoln Chafee, candidato independiente para gobernador, hoy lanzó un nuevo sitio en Español, www.chafeeparagobernador.com.  El sitio es un punto de entrada para la comunidad Latina de Rhode Island.

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Lincoln Chafee Highlights Specifics of Jobs Plan that Will Spur Economic Growth

October 24, 2010

NEWS RELEASE
For Release: Immediate

Contact: Mike Trainor
(401) 252-1097
mtrainor@chafeeforgovernor.com
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Lincoln Chafee Highlights Specifics of Jobs Plan that Will Spur Economic Growth

(Warwick, Rhode Island, October 22, 2010) Lincoln Chafee, independent candidate for Governor, today highlighted several provisions of his “100 Days for Jobs” plan that focus on concrete steps to create jobs and spur economic growth.

Chafee pointed to expansion of the recently announced statewide fiber optic network, improved technical and infrastructure support for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses, and fairness in the business tax system as three of the concrete initiatives he will focus on as Governor to spur job creation and economic growth.

“These are just a few examples of the specific measures in my ‘100 Days for Jobs’ plan that will encourage growth in our economy,” Chafee said. “We must support and cultivate small and medium-sized bu sinesses and entrepreneurs. Small firms are the backbone of our state, and we must take real steps to support them and encourage them to create good, high-paying jobs for Rhode Islanders.”

Chafee’s “100 Days for Jobs” plan calls for “an investment in developing the ultra high speed internet connectivity that can put Rhode Island in the forefront of the technological revolution.” Several weeks after the plan was released, OSHEAN (www.oshean.org) announced plans for a $32 million fiber optic network that will link 20 of its nonprofit members, including Brown University, the City of Providence, Lifespan hospitals, the Rhode Island Division of Information Technology, the University of Rhode Island and the U.S. Naval War College. Chafee proposes expansion of this connectivity in the coming years to ensure that it is available to entrepreneurs and small businesses, particularly those in the Knowledge District, which Chafee has cited as an area ripe for job-creating development. Additionally, Chafee plans to implement his electronic vision of government by having all state services make use of the fiber optic system.

Chafee gave additional details of his proposal to have the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) develop a small and medium-sized business service plan within his first 30 days as Governor. Chafee has pledged to direct the EDC to “create a library of information to allow small businesses to have access to the same information large businesses have in making business decisions.” These databases are usually only financially available to large businesses, leaving small businesses at a disadvantage. This approach has doubled the number of jobs and tripled sales tax revenues in similar businesses where it has been implemented.

Finally, Chafee is committed to ensuring that the tax burden does not grow excessive for any one element of the business community, and that small businesses are not unfairly or disproportionately taxed over large firms. Chafee pledges to launch a yearly examination of the tax system to ensure that no one segment of the business community is paying an excessive amount.

After highlighting these aspects of his jobs plan and discussing his vision for spurring economic growth in Rhode Island, Chafee contrasted his own plan with those of his opponents.

“Thus far, I’m the only candidate for Governor to put forth concrete, realistic measures for bringing job creation to Rhode Island,” Chafee said. “My plan focuses on real change to create jobs and grow our economy. My opponents offer gimmicks and giveaways, or they promise to cut taxes and grow the economy without explaining how they’ll do it. I think that on November 2nd the voters will recognize that I’m the only candidate offering real plans to get our state working again.”

Lincoln Chafee, former Mayor of Warwick and former US Senator, seeks to become the first independent Governor in Rhode Island history, running on a platform of honesty, proven experience and political independence.

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Lincoln Chafee Exposes Frank Caprio's 2,393 Missed Votes in the General Assembly; Speaks out against Caprio's "Failure to Do His Job," Lack of Independence

October 21, 2010

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For Release: Immediate

Contact: Mike Trainor
(401) 252-1097
mtrainor@chafeeforgovernor.com
chafeeforgovernor.com

Lincoln Chafee Exposes Frank Caprio’s 2,393 Missed Votes in the General Assembly; Speaks out against Caprio’s “Failure to Do His Job,” Lack of Independence

(Cranston, Rhode Island, October 21, 2010) Lincoln Chafee, independent candidate for Governor, today exposed Frank Caprio’s record of poor attendance over the 16 years he spent in the General Assembly. Caprio missed 2,393 votes – or 19.06% of all votes taken during his legislative career. Chafee, by comparison, missed only 28 votes while serving as US Senator, or 1.25% of all votes.

“This is a shameful record,” Chafee said. “Frank Caprio was elected by his constituents to represent them at the State House and, quite frankly, he failed to show up. He missed 2,393 votes – that’s almost one in five. This clearly was a responsibility he did not take seriously. Now he wants to be your Governor. If you didn ’t show up for work one day a week, would you be asking for a promotion?”

Speaking in front of the Department of Labor & Training, Chafee drew a connection between Rhode Island’s high unemployment rate and Caprio’s failure to do his job as a legislator. “There are so many Rhode Islanders who would love to have a job and can’t find one,” Chafee said. “Frank Caprio was elected to do a job and didn’t do it, and now he wants you to believe he can create jobs for our state.”

Not only did Caprio have a poor attendance and voting record, but when he did show up, Chafee pointed out, he voted with the legislative majority more than 96% of the time. This herd-mentality voting reached its peak during Caprio’s final seven years in the legislature, when he voted with the majority of his colleagues 99.29% of the time.

“Not only did Frank Caprio frequently fail to do the job he was elected to do, but when he did bother to show up, he was an automatic ‘yes’ vote for the legislative majority and Leadership,” Chafee continued. “This demonstrates a clear lack of independence on Caprio’s part. When I was in the US Senate, I stood up to my party and voted against them 30% of the time. During his final seven years in the legislature, Frank Caprio voted against the majority of the General Assembly less than 1% of the time. Did he even bother to read the details of what he was voting on? Or did he simply give a rubber stamp to the Leadership and automatically say ‘yes’ to everything that came across his desk?”

“This is a question of courage, conscience, responsibility, and conviction,” Chafee concluded. “The contrast couldn’t be more clear. Frank Caprio hardly even bothered to show up for work. His seat was empty for nearly 2,400 votes. And when he did show up, he robotically supported the legislative Leadership, voting with his party and the majority more than 99% of the time. How is he going to stand up to the General Assembly as Governor? He has demonstrated throughout his career that he simply does what’s easiest and most politically convenient. The voters may not always agree with me, but they’ll always know where I stand, and they can always trust me to stand up for what I believe is right for Rhode Island – regardless of the political consequences. This is where Frank Caprio and I clearly differ.”

Lincoln Chafee, former Mayor of Warwick and former US Senator, seeks to become the first independent Governor in Rhode Island history, running on a platform of honesty, proven experience and political independence.

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