Shumlin Welcomes Chafee To Joins Dems

03/08/13 6:06AM

The head of the Democratic Governors Association is encouraging Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee an independent, to become a Democrat.

DGA Chairman Gov. Peter Shumlin, of Vermont, this week described Chafee as "a very thoughtful person" with strong ties to Democratic governors and President Barack Obama. Shumlin told The Associated Press, "We would welcome him to the Democratic Party."

Chafee says he's considering the switch, but offered no timeline for a decision when asked this week. He's facing his first reelection test in 20 months. Chafee won his first term in 2010 with 36 percent of the vote.

Shumlin, as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, becomes the most prominent national voice to encourage Chafee to become a Democrat.

Chafee, a former Republican senator, is the nation's only independent governor.

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