Caprio’s reaction to snub? President can ‘shove it’
By Jack Perry|Projo.com
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, in a radio interview Monday morning, reacted angrily to President Obama’s decision not to endorse him during a visit to the Ocean State Monday.
“He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I’m concerned,” Caprio told talk-show host John DePetro during an interview on WPRO-AM.
In Monday morning’s Providence Journal, John Mulligan of The Journal’s Washington bureau reported that Mr. Obama would not endorse Democrat Caprio during a visit to Rhode Island Monday.
Mulligan quoted independent candidate Lincoln Chafee’s spokesman saying Obama’s decision “is a victory for Linc Chafee,” who is one of Caprio’s opponents in the race for governor.
Former Republican Senator Chafee endorsed Mr. Obama for president in 2008.
Caprio went on to criticize Mr. Obama for not visiting Rhode Island during this spring’s record floods.
Caprio said Rhode Islanders “are hurting,” that the state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and “now he’s coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine.”
Mr. Obama will visit a Woonsocket factory and raise money for Democratic candidates during his visit.
So What Gives Then?
Nesi analysis: Why Caprio whacked Obama
By Ted Nesi|WPRI.com
The political world is all atwitter this morning over Democrat Frank Caprio’s decision to take to the august airwaves of WPRO to tell President Obama he can “take his endorsement and really shove it.” (Rhode Island’s would-be next governor left it to our imaginations to figure out where, precisely, the Leader of the Free World should shove said endorsement.)
“We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a flyover of Rhode Island,” Caprio said, according to WPRO. “He ignored us and now he’s coming into Rhode Island and treating us like an ATM machine.” The station has posted the full audio of the interview here.
Although Bill Clinton came to the Ocean State to campaign for Caprio, Obama – whose presidential run was endorsed by Caprio opponent Lincoln Chafee – has stayed silent in the race. Obama will be in Rhode Island today to support congressional candidates David Cicilline and Jim Langevin and to raise money on Providence’s East Side. (U.S. Sen. Scott Brown will be making his own visit to back Cicilline’s opponent, John Loughlin.)