October 25th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
7 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. Fair_is-Fair

    Frank Carpio shows an utterless lack of class in how he articulates his opinion. He's just as disrespectful as those tea baggers. Republican, Democrat, Independent......doesn't matter.....if you're the president, you've earned the right to respect. I'm no politician, but I know that when you lash out like that, it makes you look stupid and all credibility lost.

    October 25, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. AZ DEM

    So you don't get the endorsement and THEN you insuld the president in the media because he hasn't endorsed you??? I must be missing something...either way I hope he loses now..furthermore the fact that he is a DEM running and didnt get an endorsement from the president when Obama even endorsed Thurmond for re-election who clearly was a opportunist becoming a Dem says more about Caprio then the president. So what if he owes the other candidate a favor I don't think just because ANYONE is a democrat they should get a presidential endorsement.

    October 25, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. stace

    Geeze PEOPLE! The man (Obama) has to get our country out of mess that took more than 8 years. He's been in office for only two years....do you people really think that putting bigot, racist Republicans back in is going to make things better? These dems who choose to blast Obama rather than stand up for the policies (Healthcare) that he's made and is supported by millions of Americans...wake up people...he's black...he's not Jesus!!

    October 25, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. indie voter

    Stand for the person, not the party.

    October 25, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Julie

    Obama isn't obligated to support ANYONE. How about we stop worrying about who he endorses and worry about the economy, the creation of jobs, etc. I could give a rat's kidney who he endorses or supports in this election.

    October 25, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. stevetall

    Come on, CNN. Just who is "this senior Democrat'? Have you forgotten the basics of journalism? Quoting a mystery source like "this senior Democrat" earns you an 'F' in any story-writing class.

    October 25, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. sand man

    It's called free speech. Yes, the King has no clothes (empty suit).
    Caprio is saying what the majority of Americans are thinking.
    BO does not have America's best interest, just his own and his buddies.

    October 25, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. annie s

    Good for president Obama. Integrity before Party!

    October 25, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. A Kickin` Donkey

    I hear the candidate has told the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES that he can "shoveK the endorsement.

    This man has just demonstrated that he lacks the temperment to be Governor.

    Barack Obama is the POTUS. It is NEVER smart to pull on Superman`s cape, or to spit into the wind, or in this case, disrespect President Obama.

    Based on his behavior, this candidate wants to appeal to those that would embrace maligning Mr. Obama.

    Here`s a hint for him – that`s a guaranteed way NOT TO GET ELECTED or be EFFECTIVE representing the people of his state.

    October 25, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Prime Tender

    Caprio Sr. is and always has been a monster douche. We all know apples don't fall far from the tree. Linc will win in a landslide

    October 25, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    People like this Caprio jokester have a helluva nerve.The President was showing up to show his support and help campaign for various candidates early in the campaign season, and I distinctly recall these tackhead DemoCRAPS claiming to have "other committments" and not showing up. The President is a team player in a team, by the way, that until recently was quite discourteous to him. Now all of a sudden this doofus feels miffed, and expects that because they both wear the Big "D" on their cape the President should feel compelled to back his trifling behind.
    I'm a Democrat, and after looking you up I wouldn't walk to the corner with you much less back you. Screw you and your expectations Caprio. If you were about something you wouldn't be in this predicament. Call the Tea Party, see if they can help.

    October 25, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. McB

    CNN-Really...no one on the record? This is the kind of crap journalism that has helped get America into the mess we are in...If the "Democrat" wont speak on the record, then it should be considered an "axe grinding" story. Journalism 101 Jessica. Its your job to get them to talk on the record. If they wont, then NO STORY. Your cred just plummeted in my book, and CNN you are getting in dangerous territory of FOX news....

    October 25, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Kenneth

    Attempting to show some bi-partisanship by choosing the better person for the position to endorse. Sounds like common sense and as the President shouldn't he support someone who will assist with his agenda? Does it matter which party he chooses to support as long as the right people are in position? Isn't everyone tired of these ridiculous political labels anyway???

    October 25, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Shane

    LOL! I love it! Democrats bickering amongst one another during a time like this. Gotta love it! Go Republicans!

    October 25, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Danny RI

    Caprio is slippery and the Obama admin knows it. I was actually surprised that Clinton endorsed him, and don't really blame Obama for not wanting to be associated. Had Obama endorsed Chafee, that would be problematic, but I'm not sure we really need the President endorsing in every gubernatorial race. I understand why he's stumping for congressional democrats because it plays directly into the passage of legislation on his agenda, but I also fundamentally disagree with the idea of stumping for bad candidates simply because they share your party moniker. Look at Martha Coakley in MA! Classic example...she got trounced by Scott Brown, a poser at best, an incompetent mimbo at worst.

    October 25, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. KellyinBoston

    Well, look–If he had endorsed Caprio over Chafee, he would have been criticized by the right as "lacking loyalty" and "following the party line." He can't win. Fundamentally, Chafee is a talented guy. I can't blame Obama for supporting him.

    October 25, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. keepstufingthis

    Obama's endorsement means "loser" who kowtows to th corrupt union bosses.

    October 25, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Kobie

    This "top Democrat" is insane to think that someone should get an endorsement just because they're affiliated with a particular party. This is whats wrong with our political system. The President should endorse who he feels is best fit to be in the position....PERIOD! Obama made the right move. The fact that this guy tells the POTUS to "shove it" was more than enough for me. The amount of disrespect directed at the President over the last 2 years has really been unprecedented.

    October 25, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Tim

    Obama has no friends, only political operatives who can serve his needs.

    October 25, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. RI Voter

    This will be the first time in 32 years I will not vote for a democrat for governor in RI. Frank Caprio is the worse of the worse. Thank you President Obama for not endorsing Frank Caprio.

    October 25, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Raoul

    Your source needs a cheese plate to go along with his whine. You only look weak and inept when you cry in politics wether it be RI or China.

    October 25, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. all the news that's fit to omit

    Why bother posting on here, when you speak he truth about Obama a little too clearly, the libtard screeners can't handle the truth that Oweblamo is a lying, gutless, clueless Manchurian president.

    The majority of smart people will rule again come November.

    October 25, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. anthony

    I love how lately all this Dems have been leaving the President out to dry, and running from him and his policies, but the second Obama doesnt yell out in support of one of them, the scream bloody murder or "shove it". Well guess what, the knife cuts both ways. He is President and alot of these guys on both sides of the aisle have shown how much lack of respect the have for the Office as well as the Man in it. See you clowns in 2012 while we listen to Obamas 2nd acceptance speech.

    October 25, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Marie

    I think the source should be named. Sounds too much like heresay and gossip.

    October 25, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Linda Fleisher

    Why is that Democrats are very quick to abandon their president, even leave town rather than be seen with him when it suits their own political agenda, and then criticize him for standing by an Independent that stood by him and will caucus with the Democrats in Congress? I have followed politics for many, many years, and have never seen the likes of this midterm election cycle. It's been disgusting – on both sides. Fortunately (or unfortunately for some) it will be over soon. I am confident, however, that the Democrats will eventually find their footing, be able to sell the public on all of the positive legislation that's been passed, and continue pulling the country out of the ditch it's been in for 10 years. Perhaps there will be a symbolic tossing of all the unelected Tea Party candidates overboard into rivers around the country. Good riddance...

    October 25, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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