October 31, 2010

On Second Thought - Backing Away from the "Shove" Five Days Later

Monique Chartier

We all remember what gov candidate Frank Caprio said to John Depetro Monday morning on WPRO.

Tuesday, he defiantly told Meredith Vieira and a national television audience watching the Today Show

I stand by my comment.

Now, however, NECN is reporting that the Dem candidate issued the following statement yesterday.

I have had a lot of time to reflect on my words and I understand the criticisms. I respect President Obama's decision not to get involved in the governor's race. The way the White House announced that there would be no endorsement caught me by surprise. I wish I had chosen different language, but now the focus has to be on what is important to Rhode Islanders.

It's difficult not to fast forward a year, two or even five years and project this determinism-turned-rethink onto other decisions taken by "Governor Caprio".

I wish I had chosen a different judicial nominee.

I wish I had worked harder to lift costly city and town mandates.

I wish I had signed that pension reform bill.

I wish I had not signed that bill raising the corporate income tax. But now the focus needs to be on bringing businesses and jobs to Rhode Island.

Minimally, "what is important to Rhode Islanders" is a governor who will do his reflecting before taking action, even if ... no, especially if that action is a calculated, manipulative stunt.

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Wow. Caprio could not have made himself into more of a clown if he tried. This past week's historically diastrous series of missteps, gaffes, and poor decisions will hold a singular place in the checkered history of Rhode Island elctioneering. Thanks, Frank.

Posted by: Scott at October 31, 2010 10:12 AM

I've always found Caprio to have a rather odd and almost plastic-like personna. Now add that personna to one of the weakest strategic campaigns I've ever seen and you have a Democratic candidate with the most money and one who ran unopposed in his parties' primary now trailing in the polls to a stuttering mumbling and bumbling tax and spend liberal in Linc Chafee. Simply amazing!
When Caprio losses this race his campaign will be held up as a model for how not to win a political race.

Posted by: Tim at October 31, 2010 10:28 AM

Wow. Caprio could not have made himself into more of a clown if he tried.
Posted by Scott at October 31, 2010 10:12 AM

I seriously have to wonder if Lil Frankie isn't subconsciously trying to lose as he is sick of being the 45 year old puppet of his megalomaniac father.

Posted by: Tommy Cranston at October 31, 2010 11:01 AM

Add another
I wish I had not kowtowed to John DePetro and his flock.

Posted by: Bella at October 31, 2010 6:37 PM
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