Woonsocket, Rhode Island (CNN) - It isn't very often that a chair at a President Obama event garners much attention.
But at a Woonsocket, Rhode Island manufacturing plant on Monday, it was the seat, and the politician who wasn't in it, that ended up in the spotlight.
It became a classic case of now you see it, now you don't.
Frank Caprio, the democratic gubernatorial candidate here, had originally been scheduled to attend the brief remarks along with other dignitaries and plant employees.
CNN photojournalist Tim Garraty got a clear shot of the placard reserving Caprio's seat at the event site hours before the president was slated to appear.
But as controversial comments Caprio made earlier in the day on talk radio spread like wildfire, the sign on the seat vanished.
On local radio station WPRO, Caprio, a Democrat caught in a tight race without a presidential endorsement, said Mr. Obama "can take his endorsement and really shove it, as far as I'm concerned."
So was this local pol disinvited for dissing the President?
A spokesman with the Caprio campaign told CNN that Caprio had decided not to attend, instead spending "the afternoon touring seven local small businesses."