Well, it’s almost October, which means it’s time for some Republicans who would have had a chance at success to do something stupid and blow it. Today’s contestant is Carl Paladino. The question is “did he hurt himself this week”?
Paladino had pulled to within six points of Andrew Cuomo in the New York governor’s race, and apparently that was a little too close, so he’s decided to knock himself down a few points. At least, I’m guessing that might be the effect of this meltdown:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and Post State Editor Fredric U. Dicker last night got into an angry confrontation — during which Paladino threatened, “I’ll take you out.”
It started when Dicker asked Paladino if he had any proof of his shocking allegation that Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo cheated on his former wife during their marriage.
“What evidence do you have for something most people would consider a smear?” Dicker asked.
Instead of responding to Dicker’s question, Paladino accused him of sending a “goon” to stake out his former mistress at the home where she lives with their love child.
Sunday’s Post featured a front-page story about Paladino’s wife, Cathy, and his ex-lover, Suzanne Brady. It included an exclusive interview with Cathy Paladino.
“You send another goon to my daughter’s house and I’ll take you out, buddy!” Paladino told Dicker.
When Dicker asked how he planned to do that, Paladino replied, “Watch!”
It’s getting so a politician can’t cheat on his wife and have a baby with his mistress without a reporter doing something unscupulous.
Here’s the video. The guy who steps in toward the end is Paladino’s manager:
Update: Some New Yorkers on Twitter disagree this will hurt him, and think this will actually give Paladino a bump. One example: “Are you kidding? NYers love this stuff! Dicker is a dick.”
I still say it was a dumb move — not the disagreement necessarily, but the “I’ll take you out” kind of talk. Dicker might be a dick, but that’s no reason to make campaign ads for the opposition.