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Flowers Ends Term in Del., Plans to Re-Enter Public Service in Mass.


DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - It has been a rocky past year-and-a-half in the Delaware treasurer's office, and Monday was the last full day of the term of the man at the center of all that - Treasurer Chip Flowers.

From a scandal involving his former deputy and state credit cards to battles with Delaware leaders and lawmakers, Flowers' time in office has often been tumultuous.

Delaware's first-ever statewide elected African-American says when it comes to all that he's not playing the race card. But he does have mixed feelings on the state of race in Delaware. He called some items a "disgraceful chapter in race relations."

"I watched first-hand a political leadership climate, along with certain print media, that used race as a weapon at times, fostered racial stereotypes and combined the two with falsehoods to try to deceive the public," he said. "I know the people of Delaware will demand change from their political leaders, and I truly believe the next African-American statewide official will be allowed to simply do his job without the burden of stereotypes, lies or drama."

WBOC reached out to state leaders, including the governor, speaker of the house, senate president pro tem for comment on Flowers statements. All of their offices said they had no comment.

In August, Flowers announced he was dropping his bid for re-election, and he was moving to Massachusetts after his term ended.

Monday, Flowers gave lengthy prepared remarks but did not address how the treasury has been running during the past fourth months. And he would not take questions from reporters.

Flowers did wish Treasurer-elect Ken Simpler well.

Then he made an announcement of his own. While Flowers said in August politics was now his past, Monday he said he plans to re-enter public service but in Massachusetts. He did not specify what office he'd seek.

"My political career isn't ending today. It's truly just beginning," said Flowers.

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