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    Carl Paladino vs NY Post

    These guys should go on Jerry Springer



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    Paladino Campaign Blames Reporter for Taped Confrontation

    Unrepentant after Carl P. Paladino was caught on tape angrily threatening to “take out” a reporter who questioned his tactics, the candidate’s aides on Thursday unleashed a blistering and an unusually personal attack on the journalist and the newspaper that he works for, saying that they had put Mr. Paladino’s family in “harm’s way.”

    It was the latest sign of volatility from Mr. Paladino, a Buffalo real estate developer and political newcomer whose mercurial style and unpredictable behavior — until now seen as an asset in the race — threaten to turn his campaign for governor into something of a circus.

    On Wednesday night, Mr. Paladino, a Republican, became embroiled in a heated confrontation with Fred Dicker, a political editor and writer for The New York Post, who had pointedly interrogated the candidate at a campaign event.

    With cellphone video cameras rolling, Mr. Paladino cursed at Mr. Dicker and, separated from him by mere inches and a bulky security guard who tried to hold both men back, yelled “I will take you out, buddy.”

    Mr. Dicker shot back. “You’ll take me out? How?”

    “Watch,” Mr. Paladino shouted, visibly irate.

    An adviser then ordered Mr. Paladino into a men’s room to calm down.

    In a long statement defending Mr. Paladino, his campaign manager, Michael R. Caputo, lashed out at Mr. Dicker and The Post for sending photographers to the home of Mr. Paladino’s former mistress, with whom he fathered a now 10-year-old girl named Sarah.

    Mr. Caputo claimed that The Post’s actions had “put Carl Paladino’s daughter in harm’s way, susceptible to kidnapping or sexual predators. This behavior by The New York Post and their senior political editor Fred Dicker is unacceptable.”

    During the confrontation on Wednesday night, Mr. Paladino criticized Mr. Dicker for allowing The Post to send the photographers, whom he called “goons.”

    Col Allan, the editor in chief of the The Post, defended his paper’s coverage and suggested that Mr. Paladino should have little expectation of privacy. The candidate, he said in a statement, “should not be surprised by the media’s interest in his families, as he has invited public scrutiny of his personal life by running for governor and speaking openly about his mistress and love child.”

    Direct, on the record and personal criticism of an individual reporter is highly unusual in a campaign, and it touched off head-scratching in political circles.

    Mr. Caputo did not back down, though. In his statement, he took Mr. Dicker to task for stories that, Mr. Caputo argued, favored the Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, over Mr. Paladino.

    “Fred Dicker has demonstrated his bias in this campaign from the beginning,” Mr. Caputo wrote. “Andrew Cuomo is on Fred Dicker’s speed dial.”

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    Cuomo should get lost...typical NY politician- goes after the Tea Party & lurches left..right after he partied with Charlie Rangel & his thug Harlem friends to get the stupid black vote

    all this after promising to clean up Albany & the deficit, be a centrist & revive the state..what a hoax

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker134 View Post
    right after he partied with Charlie Rangel...
    Bohemian Grove.

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    No heroes in this one. Paladino's a farging nut and Dicker a typical media whore.

    Wish there was someone else to take on Cuomo.

    THe only bright spot is that the threat of his candicacy has exposed Cuomo's own dark tendencies.

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    Truth is stranger than fiction


    For Paladino, a Softer Edge, if Only Briefly

    By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and ELIZABETH A. HARRIS

    Published: October 5, 2010

    This was the week that Carl P. Paladino was to become not a man of anger but a man of ideas, of action and, yes, of amiability.

    After nearly coming to blows with a reporter last week, Mr. Paladino, the Republican nominee for governor of New York, gathered with his advisers to complete an extensive campaign platform. He posted a video assuring voters that the race for governor was “not about divorces or affairs,” but about jobs and economic growth. His campaign scheduled a round of interviews on national television.

    “We’ve left that gutter politics,” Mr. Paladino told Matt Lauer on Tuesday on the “Today” show. “We’re interested in talking about the issues.”

    But Mr. Paladino could not stay cuddly for long. At each turn, from a ballroom packed with executives in Midtown Manhattan to the seemingly friendly environs of a Fox News Radio show, his inner junkyard dog kept slipping its leash.

    As a moderator at the Midtown event gently ventured a question about dignity in the governor’s office, Mr. Paladino interrupted with a tirade about Sheldon Silver, the Democratic Assembly speaker. “The man is a criminal,” Mr. Paladino insisted. “And don’t try to make him look like anything else.”

    That comment drew outrage even from critics of Mr. Silver, a powerful lawmaker often cast as a symbol for Albany’s resistance to change. Yet Mr. Paladino also drew a surprisingly cool reception during a Monday interview with Bill O’Reilly, who warned his guest that he was in danger of ruining his reputation with voters.

    Mr. Paladino replied, “The people of the state of New York have been maligned, and I’m probably one of the few people with the intestinal fortitude to go and take on these demons in Albany and do the right thing.”

    “Alright,” Mr. O’Reilly said, raising his hand in surrender. “Don’t hit anybody, O.K.?”


    The tour has demonstrated the difficulty Mr. Paladino faces in trying to become more than the sum of his irritations — even in a year when New Yorkers share those irritations and may hunger for an unconventional candidate.

    A survey released on Tuesday by the Siena Research Institute underscored those difficulties: 61 percent of respondents defined as likely to vote in November agreed with the statement that Mr. Paladino was “a loose cannon who doesn’t have the temperament to be governor.”

    Strikingly, 59 percent viewed Mr. Paladino unfavorably, while only 30 percent viewed him favorably. The poll had a margin of error of four percentage points. “While Paladino has quickly become very well known among New York voters,” said Steven Greenberg, a Siena spokesman, “it is not in a good way.”

    That survey followed national headlines about Mr. Paladino’s altercation last Wednesday with a New York Post reporter, Fredric U. Dicker, who challenged Mr. Paladino to provide evidence of accusations he had made that Andrew M. Cuomo, his Democratic opponent, had been unfaithful to his former wife. Mr. Paladino retracted the attack on Mr. Cuomo the next day, only to raise the issue again the day after that, suggesting he had evidence of misconduct on Mr. Cuomo’s part but refusing to release it.

    From the beginning of his campaign, Mr. Paladino has deliberately shaped himself as an unpolished avatar of New Yorkers’ rage, from his promises to “take a baseball bat” to Albany to the slogan — “I’m Mad As Hell Too, Carl!” — emblazoned on his campaign buttons and lawn signs. Now Mr. Paladino seems to be struggling with the new him.

    When Mr. Lauer asked whether Mr. Paladino believed voters wanted an “angry candidate,” Mr. Paladino answered the question delicately. “I don’t think it’s anger,” Mr. Paladino said. “I think it’s people that are very frustrated. And I’m just a reflection of that frustration.”

    Yet barely an hour later, at the breakfast forum, Mr. Paladino was back in previous form. After answering questions gamely for half an hour — and even pulling a few laughs from the crowd — the candidate began to grow visibly agitated after a moderator asked him whether his thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to elected officials had helped him reap state tax breaks for his real estate ventures.

    And when pressed on his accusation that Mr. Silver was a criminal, Mr. Paladino went on the attack, leaning into the microphone and raising his voice. “Do you understand that the government, the political correctness that’s been established by this ruling class in the state of New York, is going to go in this election?” Mr. Paladino boomed.

    “It’s going to be gone. They tried to define me by the rules that they created. I don’t play their game. All right? I won’t play that definition that they want. I’ll play my own. I bring my own set of rules to the game, all right?”

    And while Mr. Paladino appears sincere in his desire to move the campaign back to substantive issues, his rhetoric still sometimes comes laden with a familiar bombast.

    On Monday night, during a radio interview with Alan Colmes, Mr. Paladino opined that Mr. Cuomo “should be in jail” because Mr. Cuomo, the New York attorney general, had not yet brought criminal charges against Steven L. Rattner, a financier entangled in an investigation of the state pension fund.

    Mr. Cuomo’s office reached a $12 million settlement with Mr. Rattner’s former firm, Quadrangle Group, in April but has said the investigation into Mr. Rattner himself is continuing.

    Mr. Paladino’s attacks drew a sharp response on Tuesday from Edward I. Koch, the former New York mayor who has led an election-year effort, known as New York Uprising, to get candidates for state office to pledge to push for tighter ethics rules in Albany.

    Mr. Koch publicly clashed with Mr. Silver last month after dubbing the lawmaker “the biggest enemy of reform” in New York. But he energetically defended Mr. Silver on Tuesday, after being asked about Mr. Paladino’s comments.

    “I know Shelly Silver for 40 years,” Mr. Koch said. “I disagree with him on different aspects of government. He’s not a criminal! It’s an outrage.”

    Mr. Silver released a statement through a spokeswoman.

    “It is unfortunate that New Yorkers are being forced to endure the insulting and baseless hectoring of the Republican candidate for governor,” he said. “I will not get into the gutter with Mr. Paladino, nor dignify his comments with a response. Rather, I will let New Yorkers judge his fitness for public office.”

    How New Yorkers judge Mr. Paladino may depend on whether he can find a happy medium between populist rage and establishmentarian élan. At the breakfast forum, Mr. Paladino was asked how he, a multimillionaire, could be so angry.

    “I reflect the frustration of the people, and I will continue to reflect that,” Mr. Paladino said.

    “In my own kind and gentle way,” he added.

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    I don't know why Paladino can't be a cultured, corrupt, soft-spoken criminal like Shelly Silver instead of this raving lunatic. Seriously. He could make even more money than he is now.

    Stay off people's radar, spout the usual nonsense, be more like John Sampson, David Paterson, Silver, Cuomo, et al., and rape the taxpayers and lie your ass off denying it.

    WTF is wrong with him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    Stay off people's radar...
    Bestiality is a great way to stay ON the radar

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    I don't know why Paladino can't be a cultured, corrupt, soft-spoken criminal like Shelly Silver instead of this raving lunatic. Seriously. He could make even more money than he is now.

    Stay off people's radar, spout the usual nonsense, be more like John Sampson, David Paterson, Silver, Cuomo, et al., and rape the taxpayers and lie your ass off denying it.

    WTF is wrong with him?
    Didn't realize those are the only 2 options.

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