Caprio Switching to GOP (with coattails)?
Former Steve Laffey campaign manager John Dodenhoff (he ran Laffey’s Senate campaign in 2006) was on the Dan Yorke Show to explain that he ate lunch last week with Michael Lepizzera (former Laffey campaign member, now affiliated with Frank Caprio) who put forward an idea of having Frank Caprio run as a Republican so long as Steve Laffey stayed out of the 2010 Governor’s race. According to Dodenhoff, Lepizzera confirmed that Caprio was “on board with this [the idea].”
The aim would be to, obviously, help Caprio by avoiding a primary, but the proposition was that it would also to help “save” the RI GOP and bring the disparate groups of the party together. It was also revealed that, apparently, some current Democratic State Representatives would also be interested in shifting to the GOP along with Caprio, including Caprio’s brother, State Rep. David Caprio.
Dodenhoff’s explained to Yorke that his incentive for revealing this meeting was to expose what he believes is a non-starter for rehabilitating the GOP party. Further, he wants to prevent local (city and town) GOP leaders from getting “sand-bagged” into thinking this is a viable way to grow the RI GOP.
Conspiracy, conspiracy everywhere…..
UPDATE: According to WPRO’s Carolyn Cronin, the Caprio Campaign has issued a statement that “He [the Treasurer] has authorized no such conversation.”