'I Don't Think He's Fit For Public Service'

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New York Governor David Paterson had harsh words for the Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino.

“I don’t think he is fit for public service,” said the governor, who described Paladino as racist, homophobic and misogynistic.  His words were greeted with applause by many in the audience at an event organized by the Wall Street Journal that featured former governors Eliot Spitzer and George Pataki.  

When asked if agreed with the governor’s assessment, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer said, “Absolutely.”

Explaining his criticism of Paladino, Paterson cited an email the Republican nominee sent that showed a plane crashing in Africa with people running away and a caption that used the “n-word.”  Paterson did not censor himself while speaking to the audience of 100 people at the New York Public Library and used the actual word.

Paladino was chosen by Republicans to run against Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo.  The Buffalo businessman soundly defeated the GOP’s choice for the nominee, Wall Street employee and former Congressman Rick Lazio.

Former Republican Gov. George Pataki was asked if he knew that Paladino had described him as a “degenerative idiot” according to the Daily News.

Pataki said he was not aware of Paladino’s comments and went on to say that while he was “not pleased” to be called that, ultimately, the choice for governor would be who is the best candidate.  He said if Paladino can turn his anger into policies that improve the state, he would be inclined to support him despite his disparaging remarks.                  

The Wall Street Journal panel discussion entitled the “Future of New York” was the first of a series of discussions concerning issues facing the state.