By Ian Donnis
Providence, R.I. – Gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio won the endorsement of the state Democratic Party last night.
On an 88 to 32 vote by state committee members, Caprio got the party endorsement over rival Democrat Patrick Lynch. He used his victory speech to take a veiled shot at independent candidate Lincoln Chafee, who has proposed a temporary increase in the state sales tax.
"Rhode Island's going to be a place where the other states are going to have to make excuses why they can't keep up with us," Caprio said. "We're not going to have new taxes. We're not going to be a state that is throwing red tape at small businesses."
Lynch's campaign manager, Joel Coon, dismissed Caprio's endorsement by calling him the legislature's hand-picked candidate. In other races, David Cicilline won the endorsement in the first congressional district. And longtime lawmaker Peter Kilmartin got the nod for attorney general over two rival Democrats.