RI Democrat Frank Caprio Tells Obama to 'Shove It'

Would-be governor doesn't get, doesn't want president's backing
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2010 3:55 PM CDT
Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor, Frank Caprio walks into a business in Cranston, R.I., Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. Caprio, widely seen as more conservative than the independent seeking to lead...   (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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(Newser) – Rhode Island's Democratic candidate for governor, Frank Caprio, says President Obama can just "take his endorsement and really shove it, as far as I'm concerned"—this in a radio interview after Obama declined to endorse him in the first place. The White House said yesterday that Obama wouldn't be backing any candidate in the three-way race, which includes Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee, who CBS News notes was an early Obama ally. And now Caprio is letting the venom fly.

In this morning's interview, Caprio also took umbrage with Obama's fundraising jaunt today in the state, complaining that the president ignored it during the spring's record flooding but now comes "into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine."

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