Carl Paladino

Carl Paladino says campaign should be about "issues," mentions Andrew Cuomo's "prowess"

The New York gubernatorial candidate's weird three-minute "major announcement"

Alex Pareene
October 8, 2010 3:01AM (UTC)

Angry Buffalo developer/racist e-mail forwarder/Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino told reporters that he had a "major announcement" planned for today. He was in "seclusion" preparing for a three-minute address to New York voters, to be aired with time paid for on network affiliates in Buffalo. No one had any idea what he was actually going to say.

And, well, this was it.


Paladino was defending his half of his hilarious near-brawl with the New York Post's Fred Dicker, last week. Paladino had claimed, without proof, that his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, had had extramarital affairs. Dicker asked about this. Paladino threatened to "take" Dicker "out." It really didn't help Paladino shake the impression that he's angry and unhinged.

So, in his address to the voters, Paladino explained that he was justifiably upset that the Post was trying to take pictures of the daughter he fathered out of wedlock. He also decried the politics of personal destruction, saying, "This campaign must be about bigger issues."

Oh, but before he said that, he said this: "Does the media ask Andrew these questions? Andrew's prowess is legendary."


And what, exactly, was that supposed to mean? Paladino did not elaborate. Cuomo leads by 18 points.

Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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