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Paladino's attack dog defends Paladino's real dog

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Initially, I wasn't sure if this was a real email from Carl Paladino's campaign manager, or a spoof of one, from a Cuomo supporter.

It's real.

So, with no additional commentary, an open letter from Paladino's campaign manager, Michael Caputo. He sends it off in response to a media inquiry into the proper licensing of his candidate's dog.

From: Michael Caputo
Sent: Thu 10/21/2010 10:55 AM
To: Michael Caputo
Subject: Even dog's aren't safe from Cuomo's media

October 21, 2010

Media colleagues:

The Office of Vital Statistics for the City of Buffalo alerted the
Paladino family that the New York Times was visited City Hall asking
to see Duke's dog license. I want to alert the media right now that
Duke is properly registered as a canine resident of Buffalo.

Every day I get calls from reporters carrying water for Andrew Cuomo.

They read the same allegations, word for word, from memos provided by the Cuomo campaign. We spend time shooting them down, one at a time.

However, when one embarrassed reporter drops the story the Cuomo camp simply passes it down the food chain. Eventually, the Cuomo opposition research hits bottom at the New York Post - they invariably write it word for word.

To all of you who do your own reporting and reject the Cuomo script -
thank you for your responsible journalism. To those who pretend to
come to me with original ideas jumping off Cuomo's memos, word-for word - we're on to you. You are irresponsible, ridiculous and lazy.

Fred Dicker and the New York Post are gutter rats for stalking and
photographing a ten-year old girl. I don't know what to think of the
imperial Gray Lady tailing a dog. Any reporter who is compelled to put Duke under the spotlight, I give you an understated word of advice:

Beware of Dog.

Michael R. Caputo
Campaign Manager
Paladino for the People