Chafee’s wife scores seat next to Obama at White House dinnerFebruary 25th, 2013 at 3:58 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
It appears that Barack Obama’s affection for Lincoln Chafee hasn’t dimmed.
The governor and his wife, Stephanie, once again were seated with Obama at the head table during Sunday’s black-tie White House dinner for the nation’s governors – with Mrs. Chafee sitting next to the president, WPRI.com has confirmed.
The pair’s presidential proximity will fuel more speculation about whether leading Democrats might lend tacit support to Chafee’s expected bid for re-election as an independent candidate next year.
Rhode Island’s all-Democratic congressional delegation hosted a fundraiser for Chafee in Washington on Monday morning, and Chafee and his wife served on the host committee for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed’s big fundraiser Sunday at the Biltmore hotel.
In 2010, Obama famously snubbed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Frank Caprio and stayed neutral in the race out of respect for Chafee, his former colleague in the U.S. Senate. Two years later, Chafee returned the favor by serving as a co-chair of the president’s re-election campaign, playing up his credentials as an ex-Republican.
Chafee is in Washington until Monday night for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association. Democrats including Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, as well as former Auditor General Ernie Almonte, are considering whether to challenge him next year.
(photo: governor’s office)