Democratic Candidate Tells Obama To 'Shove It'

(Nationalpost) A day after learning he was being snubbed by the President of the United States, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio let voters in Rhode Island know exactly what he thought of Barack Obama.

"He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I am concerned," Mr. Caprio said yesterday.

The angry presidential rebuff was sparked by one of the most unusual political decisions Mr. Obama has made during the 2010 midterm election season.

Even as he criss-crosses the country pleading with Democrats to support their local candidates at the ballot box, Mr. Obama himself chose personal loyalty over party loyalty in the hotly contested governor's race in Rhode Island.

Mr. Obama declined to offer his support for Mr. Caprio, the state's general treasurer, for fear the endorsement would hurt the Democrat's opponent -- former Republican senator Lincoln Chafee, 57, who is running for governor as an Independent.