Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday he decided to join the Democratic Party because he could no longer relate to the changing dynamics of the GOP, reports Politico.
“The Southerners…just had a different view of where the Republican Party should be and as a result the North Easteners and some of the other moderate Republicans slowly were taken out of the party, either by elections or by choice,” Chafee said, speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
“The shift occurred down to the south.
My dad [former Sen. John Chafee] lost his leadership position to Sen. Cochran from Mississippi, and then the next year Sen. Simpson from Wyoming was too moderate and lost his leadership position too.”
Chafee switched his party registration a week ago, going from independent to Democrat, after beginning his political career as a Republican.
Chafee came across as a man at peace with his decision.
“Some of the policies they have advanced and having lost the ‘08 election and now the ‘12 election, I know there’s a lot of introspection by the Republicans,” Chafee said.
“I’m just happy to have found a home, myself, with the Democrats. As I’ve worked with the governors, all the governors in the NGA as an independent, I’m happy to now join with those Democratic governors. It’s like-minded philosophy.”
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