Tales from the Trail

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

Some unwelcoming words from a Democrat inĀ 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 canĀ 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.

Chafee returns to political race as independent running for RI governor

Former Republican Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee says he wants to be free of the chains of party politics.

And so he is running for Rhode Island governor as an independent. Chafee left the Republican Party in 2007 after losing his Senate re-election bid to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. USA ELECTIONS

Chafee, a social liberal who often crossed the floor to vote with the Democrats, is now a visiting fellow at Brown University in Providence, R.I. He announced on Monday he will run for governor in a bid to replace two-term Republican Governor Don Carcieri who cannot run again in November because of term limits.