Obama Can 'Shove It': RI Dem Gov Candidate : It's All Politics Frank Caprio, the Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor is upset Obama's not endorsing him. Obama is withholding his endorsement as a favor to former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a moderate Republican running for governor who endorsed Obama in 2008.
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Obama Can 'Shove It': RI Dem Gov Candidate

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President Obama has decided to go with loyalty over party in the Rhode Island governor's race, a decision that has upset the Democratic candidate for governor in that state who learned he won't be getting Obama's endorsement during a presidential visit to the state Monday.

Frank Caprio, the Democratic candidate for governor of the small New England state, expressed his unhappiness Monday morning during a radio interview on WPRO-AM.

The Providence Journal reported that during his Rhode Island visit, the president wouldn't be endorsing Caprio who is in a three-way race that includes former Sen. Lincoln Chafee who is running as an independent.

The former lawmaker is a Republican moderate who endorsed Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Thus, Obama is returning the favor by not endorsing the Democrat.

WPRO reports on Caprio's comments:

"He can take his endorsement and really shove it", Caprio told John Depetro and the WPRO morning news. Caprio told WPRO he did not seek the President's endorsement and calls the snub Washington politics.

"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. He ignored us and now he's coming into Rhode Island and treating us like an ATM machine", said Caprio.