Caprio leaves Dems, tweaks Obama two years after ‘shove it’November 5th, 2012 at 10:52 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Caprio, the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, tweeted on Saturday: “This election has come down to who shows up-JFK’s ‘silent majority’ for @MittRomney- or women & the celebrity culture for @BarackObama.” The former treasurer, who now works as a managing director for the private-equity firm Chatham Capital, didn’t elaborate.
Caprio has also left the Democratic Party, at least as far as the voting rolls are concerned.
Records at the secretary of state’s office show Caprio is now registered as an unaffiliated voter, meaning he is an independent and not formally a member of any political party. The change takes effect Dec. 10. Lincoln Chafee, who defeated Caprio for governor, made the same move in 2007 when he left the Republican Party and registered as unaffiliated.
Caprio has not responded to a request for comment.
The moves don’t come as much of a surprise, considering the most famous interaction between Caprio and Obama was the fall 2010 spat when the president traveled to Rhode Island but declined to endorse Caprio, his party’s nominee, because of his friendship with Chafee, who served with him in the U.S. Senate. Chafee is now a co-chair of Obama’s re-election campaign.
Caprio famously told WPRO the morning of Obama’s visit that the president could “take his endorsement and really shove it.” The comment quickly made national headlines and didn’t help Caprio’s public standing; the next month he finished a distant third to Chafee and Republican John Robitaille despite a $2.7 million campaign.
Caprio’s tweet about the election came the same weekend Chafee traveled to Pennsylvania and Virginia to rally Obama supporters ahead of Tuesday’s vote.
Caprio hasn’t given up on all Democrats, though. He donated $250 on June 30 to Democrat Joe Kennedy III’s U.S. House campaign in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, FEC filings show.