Rhode Island Democrat says Obama can “shove it” for non-endorsement

October 25, 2010

Some unwelcoming words from a Democrat in Rhode Island for President Barack Obama who is scheduled to visit the state later today.

Frank Caprio, the Democrat running for Rhode Island governor, is miffed at Obama and not afraid to let everyone know it.

USA/He says he learned from a reporter last night that Obama did not plan to endorse his candidacy against independent Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator who endorsed Obama over Republican John McCain in 2008.

Caprio unloaded on WPRO-AM and you can listen to the full interview on the radio station’s website.

“I’ve never asked President Obama for his endorsement. And what’s going on here is really Washington insider politics at its worse,” he says.

“He could take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I’m concerned,” Caprio said.

He criticized Obama for not paying attention to Rhode Island after damaging floods earlier this year.

“He ignored us and now he’s coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine. So, what I’m saying to President Obama very clearly is, I wear as a badge of honor and a badge of courage that he doesn’t want to endorse me as a Democrat, because I am a different kind of Democrat, I’m going to fight for big changes in the state, I’m going to fight for jobs every day,” Caprio said.

He was reacting to the White House saying on Sunday that Obama would not make an endorsement in the Rhode Island race during today’s visit.

The RealClearPolitics average of public opinion polls shows Caprio leading his opponents by 1.7 percentage points.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (man uses boat to ferry residents and supplies in Westerly, Rhode Island, during April flooding)

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