Paladino Admits to No Proof of Cuomo Adultery Smear, Then Backtracks
October 1, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Carl Paladino is a piece of work. And his unhinged angry behavior and unsubstantiated smear of his gubernatorial opponent Andrew Cuomo, may have reached a new low in politics. And that’s saying a lot. Earlier in the week, Paladino, angry over media coverage of his former mistress and out of wedlock daughter, accused Cuomo, a divorced father of three daughters, of adultery while he was married to Kerry Kennedy. When confronted by Fred Dicker, a NY Post reporter asking Paladino if he had proof to back up his accusations, Paladino responded, “Of course I do. You’ll get it at the appropriate time.” The exchange became so heated, Paladino threatened to whack the reporter, accusing him of sending a photographer to his daughter’s house. “You send another goon to my daughter’s house and I’ll take you out buddy,” shouted Paladino. The “mad as hell” tea party Republican nominee for governor, later admitted he had no proof that Cuomo cheated on his wife and claimed he misunderstood Dicker’s question. But Paladino appeared on Fox News, suggesting he was not quite ready to retract the adultery allegation against Cuomo.
Paladino told Buffalo’s WBEN-AM that he had no proof his Democratic opponent was unfaithful to his wife. And he claims he wasn’t accusing Cuomo of adultery, he just suggested to a Politico reporter that she should inquire about Cuomo’s mistresses, that’s all.
Here is what Paladino said to Politico:
‘“Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours?” Paladino told POLITICO, as campaign manager Michael Caputo chimed in, “when he was married.”’
“When he was married — or asked him why his wife left him or threw him out of the house? Has anybody ever done that?” Paladino demanded. “What are they doing intruding on my life?”
Paladino told WBEN-AM: “I said it in the context of a discussion with Maggie Haberman, about why the press does not go and ask [Andrew Cuomo] any questions like that. Why doesn’t the press go and ask Andrew Cuomo whether he’s had any infidelities, like they ask me that? Why don’t they go and ask him the same question? Why don’t they ask him these hard questions?”
Well apparently, Paladino has changed his tune, just one day later. During an appearance on Fox News today with Megyn Kelly, Paladino suggested he had evidence proving Cuomo had an affair while married and he would release it to the public “at the appropriate time.”
Kelly asked: “So you’re not backing off that allegation?”
“What I believe and what is factual out there, we will at the appropriate time put out, yes,” Paladino replied.
Kelly also asked him about the incident with Dicker, and Paladino defended his actions, saying that he believes the Post is responsible for sending photographers after his daughter. “The children are open game? Is that what we’ve evolved to?” he asked.
“I’m not intimidatable (sic), Megyn. That’s just me. I don’t back off. This man attacked me,” Paladino said.
First of all Carl, intimidatable isn’t a word recognized in the English language, but it certainly has a place in the official tea party dictionary alongside Sarah Palin’s “refudiate” and Christine O’Donnell’s un-factual.
Secondly, the reason the media is reporting on your adultery, is because you know, you admitted to cheating on your wife and having a child out of wedlock.
Thirdly, you are the one who smeared your opponent with an unsubstantiated charge of adultery.
Andrew Cuomo said today, he found Paladino’s allegations “hurtful” and he discussed the issue with his three daughters.