Carl Paladino is out of his (New York State of) mind
All of you who thought New York State was a bastion of true blue liberals, meet Carl Paladino. The candidate for the Republican nomination for governor who is a favorite of the Tea Party movement clicked himself into a mess of trouble, of the race and sex variety. And let me warn you, if you click on the link to the website that broke the story be prepared to be shocked.
The Buffalo businessman who sought the endorsement of the state's family values oriented Conservative Party was already in the news for the revelation of a 10-year-old love child. Now comes his penchant for forwarding emails that feature naked women, bestiality,the N-word and racist depictions of blacks in general and the president and first lady of the United States in particular. One of Paladino's friends courageously called him out on this. "It's one thing to not like Obama's policies," Jim wrote. "It's another to be a flat-out rascist [sic]." Paladino's response was "i apologize to you and everyone if that was offensive. to me its [sic] just humor." (Like me, he's all lowercase with his friends.)
Paladino struck a tiny note of contrition yesterday. "I confess to being human and imperfect, as are all of God's children," he said yesterday. In a twist on the some-of-my-best-friends defense, he added, "I am proud that I've created hundreds of jobs and opportunity for people of every ethnicity, color and sexual preference." Orientation, Mr. Paladino. Orientation! But he was defiant about his e-peddling of porn. "I say this to the men out there who have never opened a graphic image on the Internet: Don't vote for me. For those who have, I welcome your vote." Somehow I don't see that as a voting bloc that Paladino's opponents, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and former Rep. Rick Lazio, will openly or actively court.
| April 13, 2010; 3:41 PM ET
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