Mad Prophet Carl Paladino, Scaring the Bejesus Out of NY Voters (Video)
September 30, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—-There is mad and then there is Carl Paladino type of snarling, F-bombing and near-fisticuffs mad. The New York tea party-backed Republican gubernatorial candidate is making headlines this week for his angry confrontation with a New York Post reporter that ended with a Tony Soprano-like “I’m gonna wack you” threat. When reporter Fred Dicker approached Paladino yesterday to ask him to substantiate his charge that his opponent Andrew Cuomo engaged in extramarital affairs, Paladino exploded and started ranting about NY Post reporters staking out the home of his former mistress and love child. “You send another goon to my daughter’s house and I’ll take you out buddy,” shouted Paladino. Michael Caputo, Paladino’s campaign manager responded to the uproar over the videotaped confrontation that has gone viral, pledging that “Carl will take out the trash” and battle media bias.
Teapartier Carl Paladino, a Buffalo native and real estate millionaire, is riding the wave of voter anger to create a competitive race with the favored candidate Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Attorney General. But Paladino’s “mad as hell” campaign may be too much even for mobs of angry tea party members.
His quick temper and rabidly angry campaign style, have led to questions about his fitness to serve as governor.
During the confrontation with NY Post reporter Fred Dicker, Paladino angrily accused Dicker of holding a bias in his reporting towards his opponent Cuomo.
And apparently angry over media coverage of his former affair and the sight of reporters at his daughter’s home, Paladino leveled a charge of infidelity against Cuomo to a Politico reporter without a shred of evidence.
When Dicker asked Paladino to provide proof of his allegations, all hell broke loose.
DICKER: “Do you have any evidence to the charge you made? It’s a simple question.”
PALADINO: “At the appropriate time, you’ll get it.”
DICKER: “This guy’s the attorney general of New York.”
PALADINO: “And you’re his stalking horse, Fred Dicker. You’re his stalking horse. You’re his bird dog.” [...]
PALADINO: “You send another goon to my daughters house and I’ll take you out buddy.”
DICKER: “You’ll take me out? How you gonna do that?”
DICKER: “What, are you threatening me?”
Today, Dicker defended his tough questioning of Paladino. “If Cuomo had made allegations against him I’d ask Cuomo to answer to the allegations and present proof, this is very, very serious,” he said while appearing on a local radio show.
“New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino alleged Tuesday that Democrat Andrew Cuomo was unfaithful to his ex-wife years ago, a stunning accusation that validated his earlier prediction that the race would be getting nastier.”
“Paladino offered no proof of his claim, despite requests for substantiation, and he made it minutes after angrily declaring his 10-year-old daughter — a child from his own affair 10 years ago — off limits to the press. The tea party-backed Republican had publicly revealed her existence when he declared his candidacy earlier this year.”
Besides his questionable temperament and face-to-face rumbles with reporters, Paladino is also known for his habit of sharing extremely racist, sexist and pornographic emails with his friends and colleagues. Some of the emails depicted bestiality and offensive racial attacks against President Obama and the First lady.
When confronted with the explicit nature of his emails, Paladino issued a standard non-apology apology, saying he was sorry “if” anyone found the content of the emails offensive, adding “to me its [sic] just humor.”
Last night on her show, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow offered a unique take on the angry freak show that is Carl Paladino’s campaign to become governor of New York. She reasoned the entire campaign, must be a performance art stunt. How else to explain his 24/7 Howard Beale, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore,” rhetoric?
“I have believed for a while now that Carl Paladino is sort of pulling a Joaquin Phoenix here. This is an awkward, horrible, wonderful, performance art as political campaign stunt to dramatize to all of us who are unafraid to pay attention that there is not such thing as too crazy in Conservative politics this year. Not any more,” said Maddow.
Watch the crazy in action: