Democrat Rhode Island Governor Candidate Tells Obama to 'Shove It'

Frank Caprio
When it comes to pure unmitigated gall, vulgarity and bad manners, the devil's honors this year go, hands down, to Frank Caprio, the Democratic candidate for  governor of Rhode Island.

The current Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, a Republican, is barred by term limits for running again. He has been governor since 2003.

In an interview on Providence radio station WPRO, Caprio said he was offended that President Barack Obama is supporting Lincoln Chafee, an Independent and former Republican, for governor Nov. 2.

Chafee is a close friend of the President.  In 2008, when he was a Republican, Chafee crossed party lines to endorse Obama over John McCain in the Presidential race.

Donald L. Carcieri
Caprio also said, "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 fly-over of Rhode Island, like President Bush did when New Orleans had their problems.

"He ignored us. And now he's coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine."

Former President Bill Clinton, however, backs Caprio.

"It's like living in a political twilight zone," notes

"How rich is the irony that the President Obama won't endorse Caprio, but former President Clinton will,' one Democratic strategist told

President Barack Obama
'Given this political fiasco, every Democrat should seriously question whether the White House understands that  its goal in 2010 is not to position themselves for a 2012 re-election campaign on the political carcasses of good democratic candidates."

Caprio has had an honorable and successful political and public service career in Rhode Island but that doesn't excuse his uncouth behavior towards the President of the United States of America.

President Bill Clinton
He has been elected ten times to various offices since 1988 and currently is serving as General Treasurer, having been elected in 2006.

Caprio should formally apologize to President Obama and to the citizens of Rhode Island for his gutter-like comment.

I think he will beat Chafee for the governorship, but it could be close.

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