October 25th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
8 years ago

Top Dem calls White House 'sloppy and unprofessional'

(CNN) - "Sloppy and unprofessional."

That's what a top Democrat calls the White House's handling of the situation in Rhode Island – where President Obama declined to endorse the Democratic candidate for governor there, Frank Caprio.

This senior Democrat, who's working to elect Democrats across the country, wouldn't speak for attribution while criticizing the White House. This person believes the White House declined to endorse Caprio "entirely out of a sense of loyalty to Lincoln Chafee". Chafee, a Republican-turned-independent and a former senator, is running against Caprio and endorsed then-candidate Obama in 2008.

This source, clearly frustrated with the White House, added, "What they forget is that President Obama is the leader of the party, and sometimes that means supporting your party over your friends. This is especially true when you consider that we are in the worst environment since 1994."

Related: Dem says Obama can take endorsement and 'shove it'...and a White House response

The source, who has been involved in Democratic campaigns for years also said, "They sent a message that the President doesn't stand by fellow Democrats, even though he's asking others to stand by him."

In contrast, this Democrat points out Bill Clinton put aside his bitter personal history with Jerry Brown and campaigned for him just last week and suggests the White House should take a page from Clinton's example.

"There was definitely a better way to handle whatever they were trying to accomplish," the Democratic source concluded.

Filed under: 2010 • Obama administration • Rhode Island
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. My Comment

    Frank Caprio, there's a reason you don't deserve an endorsement and you just proved it.

    October 25, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. larry

    they are right.....Obama needs to stand up for democrats period.

    October 25, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. stufthis

    Caprio is the poster child for sloppy and unprofessional.

    October 25, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. repeal bad Obama policies

    "What they forget is that President Obama is the leader of the party, and sometimes that means supporting your party over your friends."

    Obama supports his friends (labor unions, big business–GE, George Soros, special interest groups...) more than the country. How can the democratic expect his support.

    October 25, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    "...sometimes that means supporting your party over your friends..." Wow. I say that neither party affiliation nor personal friendships qualifies any candidate. Whatever happened to being the right person for the job? Whatever happened to voting for WHAT is right, instead of WHO is right? Yechh! Enough of these dirty politics, i have to go fill out my mail-in ballot then take a shower. Looks like i'll be writing in a lot of 'Mickey Mouse' again this year...

    October 25, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Did the President come out ansd say- " I am not endorsing Frank Caprio"? I highly doubt it.
    the candidate himself has turned this into a issue and it is backfiring because now everyone in th country knows he isn't worthy of an endorsement.
    the question is now- why not?

    October 25, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. muffet

    Caprio does not sound like the kind of candidate no one besides the tea party would endorse. Now I see why the Preident wouldn't endorse Caprio....HE OPENED UP HIS BIG IGNORANT MOUTH!

    October 25, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Mr. Caprio,

    How dare you Sir! You "Gopers" are always...Oh wait, he's a democrat you say? Never mind!

    October 25, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. 8 Days until Socialism dies in the United States!!

    "sloppy and unprofessional"???!!! Heck, we'd be LUCKY if that is all they were! They are clueless, dangerous and corrupt which is why next Tuesday can't get here quick enough. Caprio should be flattered he wasn't endoresed by the Chicago mob.

    October 25, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. new comment

    For all those who don't know Frank Caprio is part of the problem in Rhode Island, he and the rest of the RI state house democrats have run the state into the ground giving their friends and every labor union whatever they want. I applaud Prez Obama for not endorsing this corrupt two faced politician.

    October 25, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Hugo

    What did you expect, but too funny coming from one of the few, the proud, the free spending of others hard earned monies!

    October 25, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Jill American

    Chafee is a better ally to the President and the Democratic Party than is Caprio. It's about politics and policy not friendship.

    October 25, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. 8 days until the GOP finishes killing the middle class

    Socialism? Please. This country has been jerked so far to the right that anyone left of Ted Nugent is called a socialist by the idiot "real Americans" in the scab.. oops, I meant right-to-work ststes. Americans are so gullible. Do you believe everything your TV tells you to believe? Have a nice day!

    October 25, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Laura, Boston

    @ Anonymous....the president didn't have to come out and say I don't endorse Caprio. His coming to Rhode Island like he has other states at the beginning of his speech, he tells us who is there and why we should vote for them. He came and didn't plan on telling the crowd to vote for Caprio..who is the democrat running for the Governship. As a dem, Obama should have put aside his feelings for Chaffee (big deal he endorsed Obama, didn't everyone) and endorse his parties nominee....period!!!

    October 25, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. real bad bagger policies

    Maybe billionaires and foreign governments will send Caprio tons of GOP money, if he is not happy with President Obama, and says stupid things.

    October 25, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    I'm voting for Cthulhu this year. The stars are right! Have a nice day!

    October 25, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. barry

    Sloppy and unprofessional? God I wish that's all it was. Inexperience, Inept, Incopetent, Arrogaant, Clueless, Divider, Raacist, Bigot, that's just a few other I can think of right off hand that explains the President and his staff.

    October 25, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. skillet59

    well we have a smart Democrate. i think he just sealed his victory. Now the undecided and the good people of R.I. that dont like Obama will now vote for Caprio, knowing that Obama cares more for Chafee then Caprio. Smart Democrat now if we just had a few more.

    October 25, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. CoolOff

    And I guess that's exactly what this "Top Democrat" is doing with is statement: Putting is party over is friends.

    October 25, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. TEE

    @ Hugo

    You didn't have a problem with the free spending of the Bush admin.....Selective memory is such a wonderfull !

    October 25, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Moorthi

    I hope people don't elect a guy with this kind of language and attitude.

    October 25, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Sherry

    I have NEVER seen ANY President of the United States treated with such utter disrespect by the media and other politicians, as there has been with President Barack Obama. Normally the comments are left to the late night comedians or disgruntled citizens who aren't happy with state of current affairs. I find Democratic candidate for governor, Frank Caprio of Rhode Island's rhetoric to the President particularly reprehensible. Telling the President of the United States to "Shove it" when he is attempting to help get you elected is truly pathetic. Someone like you doesn't deserve to be in any office. Dog catcher would be to high a position for you. You are disgusting Mr. Caprio.

    October 25, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Jim - Michigan

    Why is this a story, Obama does not stand for the American people so why should he stand for a fellow democrat? Just wait, he will be sueing the democrat party as soon as something rubs another country or an illegal alien wrong. Spend, spend and spend, everything is free so keep on spending.

    October 25, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Sorensen

    Of course Obama will not endorse Caprio. Nobody with any brain would endorse that idiot!

    October 25, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. gt

    caprio you dont need obama anyway....obama is toxic...

    October 25, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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