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GOP Blames Doherty Resignation on Chafee

Friday, March 04, 2011


The Rhode Island Young Republicans are blaming Gov. Lincoln Chafee for the resignation of Col. Brendan Doherty, the Superintendent of the State Police.

“While we are disappointed, the Colonel’s resignation obviously comes at a time when our Governor would not support the Colonel with regard to the Secure Communities Immigration Program, an initiative firmly opposed by the Governor’s liberal base,” said Travis Rowley, Chairman of the RI Young Republicans, in a statement the group released late yesterday. “This seems to be the latest in a series of leadership blunders on the part of our new governor.”

“It’s disappointing that the Governor is playing politics here. Colonel Doherty is a great law enforcement leader who was trusted and well respected throughout the state. It goes without saying that Rhode Island will feel a void without the Colonel's leadership, principles, and hard-working mentality,” added board member Patrick Sweeney, who is running for state GOP chair.

The group also noted that it would support Doherty in whatever future pursuits he has in mind—amid widespread speculation that he is mulling a run for political office.


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