(ABC NEWS) The White House today rolled out the welcome mat for Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the Republican-turned-independent who now plans to affiliate with the Democrats before his 2014 re-election run, three Democratic sources told ABC News today.
“The president welcomes Governor Chafee to the party,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at today’s daily press briefing. “Governor Chafee’s been a longtime supporter of President Obama, and – not as a party member, but as a supporter of the president and his policies both – but I don’t have any other response.”
Chafee’s gubernatorial office in Rhode Island declined to comment.
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