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An Independent Weygand Run for Governor?

Could former US Representative Robert Weygand be planning an independent run for governor?

Weygand, a vice president for administration at the University of Rhode Island, said in a brief interview today that he will probably announce a decision on whether to join the governor's race in a few weeks time. And it has been assumed, until now, that Weygand would run in the Democratic primary - if at all.

But with three leading Democrats voicing serious interest in a gubernatorial run - General Treasurer Frank Caprio, Attorney General Patrick Lynch and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts - the winner is expected to emerge with some deep, blue bruises and a depleted war chest.

An independent candidacy would be a way around that process. And Weygand, in a brief chat with Not for Nothing, noted that a friend with long involvement in the Democratic Party had suggested as much.

That sort of campaign would undoubtedly ruffle some feathers in the Democratic establishment and could make it difficult to win support from traditional Democratic constituencies like labor. But with party loyalties in decline and Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee gearing up for an independent run of his own, anything seems possible.

Weygand, who has downplayed his interest in the race for months, still seems far from commited to a run - independent or otherwise - noting today that he has little in the way of campaign cash. But the possibility is intriguing.

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