When elected President, that individual automatically becomes the effective head of his political party.
For days now, Obama has been flying all around the country to Demonrat political rallies, burning up jet fuel and leaving giant carbon footprints. But not when it comes to the Rhode Island governor race.
Obama has refused to endorse RI Democrat candidate Frank Caprio. Why? Because Caprio is too conservative. Obama’s refusal to support his party’s candidate in turn prompted Caprio to tell the President of the United States to “shove it!”
Those Demonrats are such a class act! –Obama, Caprio, Reid, Pelosi, Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, et al. The whole rotten lot.
Michelle Smith reports for the Associated Press on October 25, 2010:
The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor, widely seen as more conservative than the independent seeking to lead the heavily Democratic state, said Monday that President Barack Obama can “shove it” after learning Obama would not endorse him.
…Rhode Island’s congressional delegation expressed disapproval of Caprio’s comments, but the head of the Democratic Governors Association said it was Obama’s decision that was disappointing — not the candidate’s remarks. “Frank Caprio has spent his career fighting for the values of the Democratic Party. He deserves the full support of our party and its leaders,” said association executive director Nathan Daschle.
White House spokesman Bill Burton said Obama decided not to endorse Caprio out of respect for independent candidate Lincoln Chafee, a onetime Republican who endorsed Obama in 2008. Obama did not address Caprio’s remarks or take questions during a tour of a Woonsocket factory on Monday and subsequent speech to reporters. The White House wouldn’t comment directly on Caprio’s comments….
Rhode Island went 63% for Obama in the 2008 general election, and Caprio is seen as more conservative than Chafee…. Chafee was among the most liberal Republicans in the Senate during his time there from 1999 to 2006. He has supported more environmental protections, opposed President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and was the only Republican senator to vote against the Iraq war.
…When pressed for another example of Obama refusing to endorse a Democrat, Burton told reporters aboard Air Force One: “You’ve got me stumped.”
…Caprio also accused the president of “treating us like an ATM” by coming to Rhode Island to raise money but ignoring it during springtime flooding. Obama instead sent Cabinet members, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Caprio called Obama’s rebuff “Washington insider politics at its worst.” “What I’m saying to President Obama very clearly is, I’ll wear as a badge of honor and a badge of courage that he doesn’t want to endorse me as a Democrat, because I am a different kind of Democrat,” he told the station.
To which, Fellowship of the Minds’ response is:
“What? Did you expect there’s honor among thieves? The Democrat Socialist Party had left you a long time ago. Be true to yourself. Stop being a Democrat, Mr. Caprio!”
H/t beloved fellow Anon. 😀