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Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Davenport Chafee (/ˈf/; born March 26, 1953) is an American politician from Rhode Island who has served as the Mayor of Warwick (1993–1999), a U.S. Senator (1999–2007) and as the 74th Governor of Rhode Island (2011–2015).

Born in Providence, Chafee is the son of Republican politician John Chafee, who served as the 66th Governor of Rhode Island (1963–1969), the United States Secretary of the Navy(1969–1972) and a U.S. Senator (1976–1999). Lincoln Chafee was educated at Providence Country Day School and Phillips Academy, before graduating with a degree in Classics from Brown University. He then moved to Bozeman, Montana, studying to become a farrier at Montana State University, then working at harness racetracks in the United States and Canada.

Chafee returned to Rhode Island and entered politics as a Republican in 1985 as a delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention. A year later, he was elected to theWarwick City Council, where he served until his election as Warwick’s mayor in 1992. When his father died in 1999, Governor Lincoln Almond appointed the younger Chafee to his father’s seat in the U.S. Senate. He won the 2000 election to a full term, defeatingDemocrat Robert Weygand by 57% to 41%.

A liberal Republican, Chafee was frequently ranked as the least conservative Senate Republican, and to the left of some conservative Democrats. He opposed eliminating the estate tax, voted to increase the top federal income tax rate, voted against allowing drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, supported an increased minimum wage and was the only Republican Senator to vote against authorising the use of force in Iraq. Chafee is pro-choice, supports same-sex marriage, affirmative action, gun control and federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and opposes the death penalty and a Flag Desecration Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Chafee did not vote for President George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election, instead casting a write-in vote for Bush’s father George H. W. Bush. Chafee ran for re-election to the Senate in 2006 and was challenged from the right in the Republican primary byCranston Mayor Steve Laffey. Chafee was supported by the Republican establishment, including President Bush’s wife Laura, as the most electable candidate in the heavily blue state and was opposed by several conservative organizations. Chafee defeated Laffey by 54% to 46% but was defeated in the general election by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, the former Attorney General of Rhode Island, by 54% to 46%.

Chafee left office in January 2007 and then left the Republican Party to became anIndependent in September of that year.[1] He was a supporter of Democrat Barack Obama‘s 2008 presidential campaign and was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. Chafee ran for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2010 election and defeated Republican John Robitaille, Democrat Frank T. Caprio and Moderate Party nominee Ken Block with 36% of the vote, becoming the first Independent to serve as Governor of Rhode Island since John Collins in 1790.[2] Chafee was a co-chair of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and in May 2013, he announced he was switching his registration to the Democratic Party.[3]

In September 2013, Chafee announced that he would not run for re-election in 2014.[4] On April 9, 2015, Chafee announced that he was exploring a run for U.S. President as a Democrat in the 2016 election.[5] Chafee formally announced the launch of his campaign on June 3, 2015.[6]

2016 presidential campaign

On April 9, 2015, Chafee announced that he had formed an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential candidacy for President of the United States as a Democrat in 2016.[61] He formally declared his candidacy on June 3, 2015.[6]

He is not who he says he is!

He is Tug McGraw

Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw, Jr. (August 30, 1944 – January 5, 2004) was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher and the father of American singer and actor Tim McGraw. He is likely best remembered for coining the phrase, “Ya Gotta Believe” which became a popular rallying cry for the New York Mets, and for recording the final out, via a strikeout of the Kansas City RoyalsWillie Wilson, in the 1980 World Series, bringing the Philadelphia Phillies their first world championship. He was the last active major league player to have played under manager Casey Stengel.

McGraw had a brief relationship in 1966 with Betty D’Agostino which resulted in one son, country music singer Tim McGraw. In his book “Ya Gotta Believe”,[citation needed] Tug McGraw writes that he and D’Agostino only had sex once, and that she immediately broke off contact with him and left town afterward. McGraw did not acknowledge Tim as his son until Tim was 17 years old, but the two later developed a close relationship. In addition to Tim, McGraw had a son Mark and daughter Carie from his first wife Phyllis Kline and a son Matthew from his wife Diane Hovenkamp-Robertson and two stepsons, Christopher and Ian Hovenkamp.

Other work

In the 1980s and 1990s, he was a reporter for Action News on WPVI, the American Broadcasting Company affiliate in Philadelphia, and usually reported on sports or wacky stories. He appeared as himself in a 1999 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond along with several other members of the 1969 New York Mets on a nationally syndicated comic strip “Scroogie”. Scroogie was a relief pitcher for the “Pets”, whose teammates included “Tyrone” (a Reggie Jackson-like bopper with a tremendous ego), ace pitcher “Royce Rawls” (loosely based upon former Mets teammate, Tom Seaver), “Chico” at shortstop and “Homer”, an intellectually challenged slugger who could send a ball into orbit. Their announcer, “Herb”, wore loud sports coats reminiscent of former Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson, and the team was owned by Millicent Cashman. Actual major league teams and players were used in the comic strip during its two-year run.

McGraw, Witte, David Fisher and Neil Offer produced two books, Scroogie (1976) and Hello there, ball! (1977).[39]

McGraw also recorded a version of the baseball poem “Casey at the Bat“, accompanied by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.


On March 12, 2003, McGraw was working as an instructor for the Phillies during Spring training when he was hospitalized with a brain tumor. When the surgery was performed to remove it, initial reports suggested that the surgery had been successful, that McGraw’s chances for recovery were “excellent,”[40] and that he was supposed to live “a long time.”.[41] However, the tumor was not totally excised by the surgery, and the malignancy returned in inoperable form. McGraw lived for over nine months after the initial surgery. In what would be his last public appearance, McGraw attended the closing ceremonies of Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia on September 28, 2003 where he recreated the final out of the Phillies’ World Series triumph. McGraw died on January 5, 2004. The Mets played the 2004 season with the words “Ya Gotta Believe” embroidered on their left shoulders in McGraw’s honor. For the 2004 season, the Phillies wore a patch on their right shoulder featuring a shamrock in honor of McGraw and a banner reading “Pope” in honor of longtime Phillies executive Paul Owens, who had also died that winter. His son Tim’s 2004 hit “Live Like You Were Dying” (written by Tim Nichols andCraig Wiseman) was recorded in his father’s honor, and featured the memorable clip of McGraw recording the final out of the 1980 World Series in the music video. The song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard country music charts, and held that position for a total of seven weeks. It was named as the Number One country song of 2004 by Billboard.

McGraw was cremated after his death. Nearly five years later, his son Tim McGraw took a handful of his dad’s ashes and spread them on the pitcher’s mound at the Phillies current home park, Citizens Bank Park, in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series.[42] The Phillies won the game, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5–4, en route to the team’s second World Series Championship.[43]


“Ya Gotta Believe” – The Tug McGraw Foundation was established in 2003 to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and in 2009 expanded programs to include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). TMF collaborates and partners with other organizations so that we can accelerate new treatments and cures to improve quality of life in areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of those debilitating conditions.[44] The Foundation broke ground for its new headquarters in Yountville, California on November 13, 2010.[45]

The Foundation’s work includes sponsoring a photography class at Camp Pendleton to help 15 Marines as part of the recovery process from battlefield wounds.[46]

Let’s not forget his affiliation with Dallas Green, who we know is Michael Greenberg.


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