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Laffey Continues to Pique National Interest

Steve Laffey, one-time mayor of a small Rhode Island city, still manages to attract national attention.

Laffey, whose primary challenge to then-Senator Lincoln Chafee in 2006 was cast as a battle for the soul of the Republican Party, is back in the spotlight again with the speculation that he might seek the GOP nomination for governor - or even run as an independent.

At the National Journal, John Mercurio lists Laffey's potential candidacy as one of the nation's 10 biggest political unknowns for 2010 - alongside the uncertainty surrounding Beau Biden's possible candidacy for his father's vacant Senate seat and the prospects for another Democratic senator out of North Carolina:

Will Steve Laffey (R) run for governor? Just two days after former GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee kicked off his independent bid, conservatives are intensifying their push to recruit the former Cranston mayor, who narrowly lost to Chafee in the 2006 Senate primary. A lot has changed within the national GOP since 2006, but have those changes filtered down to Rhode Island? If Laffey runs, we may find out.

And if Laffey can generate this kind of press before he decides whether to hop in the race, well, that just speaks to the kind of oxygen he would suck up if he actually got in. 

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