Keep it classy, Woonsocket (ap photo)
President Obama is in Rhode Island today — amid all kinds of awkwardness. Among other items, Obama was not planning to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, who had this to say on the radio this morning:
“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.
Ouchies! Obama, you may recall, has a pre-existing relationship with Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator turned independent, who is in a close race against Caprio for governor.
Chafee in 2008 crossed party lines to endorse Obama.
Caprio was possibly going to appear with Obama to tour a small business in Rhode Island, but now that appears unlikely. The tour was just the so-called “fig leaf” anyway — the routine event to help defray costs for what is basically a political trip. Later in the day, Obama has two fundraisers in Providence