Break on through

By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 28, 2013

Chafee can tout his record on women's issues: he used an executive order, for instance, to create an Obamacare health insurance exchange when legislators tried to inject abortion restrictions into the project.

And Chafee's and Taveras's allies could take aim at Raimondo's effort to cast herself as a working mom — portraying her, instead, as the plutocrat who ruined the pensions of teachers and other working women.

But that'll be a tough argument, given the broad popularity of pension reform. Raimondo's opponents may have better luck portraying her, in broad terms, as a politician too conservative for Rhode Island's left-leaning women voters.

The treasurer, no doubt, will do all she can to counter that image; she's already taken public stands for same-sex marriage and against predatory payday loans.

If she fails, it could — remarkably — be women who keep Rhode Island's glass ceiling intact.

David Scharfenberg can be reached Follow him on Twitter @d_scharfenberg.

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