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Chafee coy on judicial appointments as leverage with the General Assembly

January 13, 2012

In his effort to move an overhaul of local pensions through the General Assembly, Governor Lincoln Chafee has potential leverage in the form of a handful of judicial appointments. Yet Chafee downplayed the world of realpolitik when asked during an interview this morning whether he sees these appointments as a bargaining chip. 

“I’m aware that there’s a lot of back and forth with the General Assembly on these coveted judgeships,” Chafee said. “My goal is to get the best people on the bench, and that’s good for Rhode Island’s reputation, and that’s the word we want to send across our borders; that when you come to Rhode Island for legal issues, you’re going to have the best judicial system in the United States of America.”

Chafee adhereed to that messaging in response to a followup question.

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