Rhode Island Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate: President Obama ‘Can Take His Endorsement and Shove It’

By Maya

Oct 25, 2010 8:19am

Jake Tapper and Ann Compton report:

This morning on WPRO Radio Providence, Democratic Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, whom President Obama has not endorsed, lashed out.

“I never asked President Obama for his endorsement and what’s going on here is really Washington insider politics at its worst,” Caprio said, sounding livid. “He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I am concerned.”

“it’s just Washington insider politics at its worst,” Caprio also said.

President Obama has not endorsed Caprio or independent Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican colleague in the US Senate who endorsed President Obama in the 2008 campaign.

Deferring to his friendship with former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator currently an independent gubernatorial candidate who endorsed the president in 2008, the president has not endorsed Caprio.

Recent polls indicate that Caprio and Chafee are in a tight race.

According to the Providence Journal, Caprio was unaware that the president would not be endorsing him until a reporter told his campaign the news over the weekend.

President Obama will visit Rhode Island this afternoon, touring the facilities of American Cord & Webbing in Woonsocket and delivering remarks at two receptions in Providence, R.I., raising money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

However, Caprio told a Providence news conference that he is no longer going to attend President Obama’s official small business event in Woonsocket to which he was invited as a local official, or to a DCCC fundraiser being held at the Providence Convention Center. 

Caprio charged that the president is “coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine. I will wear it as a badge of honor and a badge of courage that he doesn’t want to endorse me as a Democrat.”

-Jake Tapper and Ann Compton

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