Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley recently told Chafee he should formally join the party of President Obama, whom Chafee endorsed in 2008. O’Malley floated the idea during a phone conversation they had about the plight of the menhaden, spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith told WPRI.com.
O’Malley is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, an umbrella group for the party’s 20 state executives.
Chafee, who won office in 2010 as an independent, doesn’t have a governors association. Asked if he is seriously considering the idea, the governor told WPRI.com through a spokeswoman: ”I’m happy where I am for now.”