Lincoln Chafee's political eulogy

By PHILIP EIL  |  September 11, 2013

It is important for all Rhode Island citizens, especially the victims and families of the Station Nightclub fire, to remember that it was Lincoln Chafee who was one of only two Rhode Island elected officials to step up, in an effort, to secure the Station Fire site for a memorial park. After a three-year fight, I was able to request that Governor Chafee consider taking this land by eminent domain.  He not only agreed to help, but, both he and speaker Gordon Fox acted quickly and jointly to help deliver this precious land to the hands of the people to whom it rightfully belonged. I will never forget the compassion, understanding and support offered by this gentle and honorable man. Thank you Governor Chafee. May God bless you. 12

Lincoln Chafee — this guy is one of a kind. I’ve never met someone who has such a firm sense of right and wrong, such a well-defined inner compass, and who follows it with such conviction. It really is a rare thing, and as I’ve gotten a little distance I’ve come to the sad conclusion that I may never see that again. 13

Walking up statehouse steps I observed @LincolnChafee save a praying mantis. Used paper to move it to grass. Then got in car and drove away. 14

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1. Rhode Island GOP Chairman Mark Smiley, in a statement to press.

2. WPRO News Talk 630 AM host John DePetro on The John DePetro Show.

3. Providence Journal editorial, “Chafee Bows Out.”

4. Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis blog post, “Chafee Drops Out of RI’s 2014 Race for Governor.”

5. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay blog post, “Chafee’s Departure.”

6. Rhode Island Speaker of the House of Representatives Gordon Fox, in a statement to press.

7. RIFuture.org editor/publisher Bob Plain on WJAR NBC 10’s “News Conference.”

8. WPRI.com political and economic reporter Ted Nesi blog post, “Analysis: Chafee Scrambles the 2014 Campaign — Once Again.”

9. Brown University political science professor, Wendy Schiller, to The Providence Journal.

10. The Wall Street Journal’s Allysia Finley in the WSJ.com “Political Diary” post, “Chafee’s Graceful Exit.”

11. ProJo columnist Bob Kerr, “When Governor Chafee Leaves, No One Like Him Will Fill the Void.”

12. Author, talk radio host, and father of youngest victim of the Station fire (18-year-old Nicholas O’Neill), Dave Kane, in a statement to the press.

13. Former Chafee speechwriter Christian Vareika, to WPRI.com’s Ted Nesi for his “Saturday Morning Post” column.

14. RI Statehouse Associated Press reporter David Klepper (@DavidKlepper), via twitter, on August 20. Admittedly, this tweet came two weeks before the governor announced he would not run for re-election. But it was too good for us not to include.
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