As Lincoln Chaffee votes against another Republican program, the Defense Appropriations Defense Fund which contains provisions to permit oil drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, the NRSC spends money to keep him in office. This is just one more in a string of votes against Republican Programs and the President's agenda. But apparently supporting Republicans and the President are unimportant to the NRSC.
So this is the way it looks to me. According to a NRSC spokesman, "Senator Chafee has the full support of the NRSC and is the only Republican who can keep that seat from falling into the hands of a liberal Democrat."
So if Chaffee's voting record is something the NRSC is willing to spend money to prolong by running ads agains his Republican primary challenger, then I conclude that the NRSC does not want drilling in the refuge either.
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