And so the cycle is complete.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee isn’t running for a second term, he said Wednesday in an announcement that surprised his political opponents and closest advisers alike and takes him out of what was expected to be a fierce primary in his new Democratic Party.
The governor, who became a Democrat in May, has struggled with poor approval ratings and is a reluctant fundraiser, who faced a strong field of challengers in next year’s race.
From Republican Senator to ‘Independent’ governor to Democratic has-been. Have a nice life, Chafee.
PS: Alas, this does not make it easier for the Republican candidate to win. It does apparently set up a Battle Royale in the Democratic primary, so there’s that at least.