EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Latest on the announcement that former Republican lawmaker Joe Trillo is leaving the party and running for Rhode Island governor as an independent (all times local):
Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he’s still considering running for governor as a Democrat, and Joe Trillo’s announcement that he’s running for governor as an independent doesn’t change anything.
Chafee tells The Associated Press that if he runs, it will be in a Democratic primary. He called that decision firm.
He says he doesn’t have a timetable for when he will decide on his run. While he says he knows that earlier is better, Chafee says he thinks he deserves to be able to take his time.
Chafee says his motivation for running is the same as it was when he ran in the Democratic primary for president: to give people choices on policy.
Chafee was elected to the office as an independent in 2010, but became a Democrat in office. He did not run for a second term.
Former Republican lawmaker Joe Trillo has announced that he is leaving the party and running for Rhode Island governor as an independent.
Trillo made the announcement on WPRO-AM on Tuesday. Trillo, of Warwick, is a longtime Republican and was House minority whip until retiring last year.
He was chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Rhode Island and echoed Trump’s language, saying a vote for him is a “vote to drain the Rhode Island swamp.”
Trillo says he determined that he will need support from Democrats, independents and Republicans to win as governor, and says he decided he needs to be on the ballot in November.
Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is seeking his party’s nomination to take on Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.
Trillo says both represent “politics as usual.”