PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor is telling President Barack Obama to “shove it” after learning Obama would not endorse him.
Frank Caprio’s campaign last week said he would welcome Obama’s endorsement.
But on Monday, the same day Obama is set to visit Rhode Island and a day after the White House said Obama would not endorse anyone, Caprio told WPRO-AM that Obama can “take his endorsement and shove it.”
Caprio’s independent opponent, Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee), a former Republican senator, gave a high-profile endorsement to Obama ahead of the Democratic primary in 2008.
Caprio called Obama’s decision “Washington insider politics at its worst.”
Caprio had been scheduled to appear with Obama at two events Monday.
The White House wouldn’t comment on Caprio’s remarks.