So Lincoln Chafee — Rhode Island’s Republican-independent-Democrat — is running for President.
The former governor of the smallest — and at times quirkiest — state has a PolitiFact record that is as mixed as his political lineage. During the four years that the former Republican U.S. senator served as first the independent and then the Democratic governor of Rhode Island, only once did PolitiFact judge one of his statements Half True.
More often, the Truth-O-Meter swung back and forth from True to False as Chafee battled a stagnant economy and a hostile General Assembly.
Given Lincoln Chafee's record of being willing to buck the system and the Chafee family's reputation, Rhode Islanders were jarred to hear the independent gubernatorial candidate being accused of consorting with someone who might have ties to organized crime.
But that's what happened earlier this month when a local news website reported on Chafee's work at a foundation established by a Ukrainian billionaire.
We explored Chafee's role there, and got different opinions on the politics and intrigue swirling around the effort to set up a think tank in one of the world's fledgling democracies.
We've examined two claims made recently by gubernatorial candidates Frank Caprio and Lincoln Chafee.
Caprio attacked Chafee for his handling of a 1990s teachers' dispute in Warwick. We ruled Caprio's claim Half True.
Chafee said changing Rhode Island's official name would require amending the U.S. Constitution. We couldn't rule definitively on that, but decided to share our research anyway.