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The Messy, Inconsistent End to the Gingrich Campaign

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The media has largely ignored Newt Gingrinch's presidential campaign this month, unless you count headlines generated when a penguin bit his finger at a St. Louis zoo stop.

But Gingrich is still campaigning for president, even though he is out of money and lagging far back in the polls. He made stops in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York ahead of primaries there today.  

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Carl Paladino: Cuomo created the housing crisis

Friday, December 16, 2011

Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino--who recently penned an epic, vindictive polemic to Times-Union reporter Jimmy Vielkind, who was made the straw man for "a shallow and complicit press corps"--has a follow up email in to the TU today.

Paladino is no fan of Governor Andrew Cuomo (feel free to read the full screed on TU’s site) for sure. The analysis I posted a bit ago is taken to the nth degree by Paladino, who blasts the Governor’s “theater, lies, deception and illusion” on most recent display during the secretive tax overhaul last week.

But then, at the end, Paladino has this amazing final paragraph where he essentially blames Andrew Cuomo for creating the housing crisis that brought the US economy to its knees in 2007:

It is no wonder Cuomo has a 70% approval rating and legislators fear his wrath. Would he have that 70% rating if the people knew what a conspiring and diabolical bully he was? Yes this is the same thoughtless, scheming and valueless politician who at HUD declared that every American should own a home and single handedly started the sub-prime meltdown from which our country has yet to recover.

I guess that’s…one way to look at it. Wayne Barrett might agree. Michael Powell may not.

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Paladino to Public Radio Reporter: 'You can't ask me a question'

Monday, January 31, 2011

Carl Paladino, in Albany, keeps it entertaining.

I'm not sure what the backstory here is, but Paladino jabbing with reporters is nothing new. During the governor's campaign, he blacklisted AP reporter Beth Fouhy. Afterwards, he's called for his supporters to cancel their subscriptions to the Buffalo News, his hometown paper.

For what it's worth, the public radio reporter rebuffed in the video above, Karen DeWitt, kept her cool and avoided making any Youtube viral video moments, which, as Fred Dicker demonstrated can happen when questioning Paladino.

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Paladino, still emailing

Monday, January 24, 2011

The former GOP gubernatorial candidate is still still outspoken, and using email. (carl paladino's email)

The former GOP gubernatorial candidate continues making noise, in his favorite medium: emails.

His latest:

The volcanic eruption in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you.

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Cuomo's War Money: Millions for a Fight, Thousands for a Bonus

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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As he prepares to wrestle against legislators and organized labor to control the state's $11 billion deficit, Governor Andrew Cuomo is arming himself with money.

Over the past month and a half, Mr. Cuomo raised $217,625.79, nearly four times as much as his predecessor, Democrat Eliot Spitzer, according to research by a government watchdog group. After spending nearly a million dollars between late November and mid-January, Mr. Cuomo has $4.17 million left on hand in his campaign account.

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Paladino says stop reading the Buffalo News

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Carl Paladino continues his post-election fight with the media, urging supporters to cancel their subscription to the Buffalo News. (Previously, he urged them to subscribe to Newsday, which is based on Long Island).

Paladino:

The News breeds bad journalism to serve its elitist leadership who strive to control and denigrate the masses, especially the poor and disenfranchised. Their editorial page and insidious "news reporting" has routinely worked against the best interests of our region while promoting the interests of a select group of elite power brokers.

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If the local population stands together in protest and cancels their subscriptions to the newspaper for the month of February, the message will be clear.

The goal of this boycott is not to maliciously put the paper out of business. There are many fine people working at the paper and, yes, we need those jobs. Our goal is to send a loud and very clear message to owner Warren Buffet, that the services of the publisher and editors are no longer required.

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New York 2010: The Year In Sound

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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Before the year 2010 fades out with the melting snow, it's worth taking a few moments to think about the events of the past 12 months. Here in the New York area we've had intense political squabbles, a continued economic downturn, transit hikes, a tornado -- and it all began with a cataclysmic event overseas that affected thousands of New Yorkers. Revisit the full year in sound in the montage here, and be sure to watch the slideshow below to relive some of New York's key political moments of 2010.

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Paladino rips media as 'very much part of the problem'

Friday, December 03, 2010

Carl Paladino sent a letter today to YNN reporter Capital Tonight anchor Liz Benjamin, blasting her for not being tougher on governor-elect Andrew Cuomo in a recent interview, calling it "pathetic."

"He was allowed to walk on his use of drugs," Paladino writes in the letter, dated November 24, but which was sent out today, according to his secretary. "If a complacent, lazy and apathetic press doesn't police government, who will?"

Paladino ends his four-page letter telling "Liz" that "you and your friends in the press are very much part of the problem."

Paladino had many, many problems with reporters. He threatened Fred Dicker with the line, "I'll take you out, buddy!" and blocked from his media contact list a well-respected Associated Press reporter after he thought she wrote an unfair story about one of his policy initiatives.

As for Benjamin, she's tenacious, tireless, and, fair. The criticism here from Paladino are hard to accept, since reporters did ask about many of the issues raised in the letters (Cuomo's drug use; prosecuting Steven Rattner, etc.).

As for criticism of the modern political press in New York, it's hard to accept them coming from Paladino, considering his behavior on the campaign trail.

For example, after a speech to Orthodox Jews in Williamsburg, Paladino marched to his car, several blocks away, ignoring reporters' questions, even as they marching along side of him. Days later, after the speech was widely criticized, Paladino stood at a Columbus Day parade in Midtown, saying his comments in Williamsburg were mischaracterized and unfairly reported by the media. They weren't.

Anyway, Paladino had said all along he would only run for office once. But it seems he's unlikely to remain a silent spectator to New York politics.

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The official vote in NYC was...

Friday, December 03, 2010

Slightly higher for Cuomo, and Carl Paladino, says Sam Roberts:

According to the preliminary returns in the race for governor on election night, Andrew M. Cuomo, the Democrat, had 901,640 votes in the city. His official total, including paper ballots, was 1,097,792, or 196,152 more votes. The citywide count for his Republican opponent, Carl P. Paladino, increased to 212,423 from 191,652 on Nov. 2 in the official recount.

A final count by the NYC Board of elections found 195,000 more votes than were acknowledged on Election Night. Roberts notes "the additional votes did not change the outcome in any race."

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A Look Back: Snapshots from the Political Insiders' Campaign Roundtable

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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Why did the Rick Lazio campaign fall flat on its face? What accounted for Carl Paladino's grassroots appeal? Who took whom seriously? What gave Eric Schneiderman the winning edge? Was Andrew Cuomo really a control freak?

All these questions were answered, analyzed and fought over by the political consultants and insiders that made the 2010 election campaigns tick. Here are the best quotes from a political roundtable hosted by The New School's Center for New York City Affairs.

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Remembering Cuomo's tour

Friday, November 05, 2010

Adam Dickter has [link fixed]one more sign of how much Cuomo didn't need to campaign, in light of Paladino's implosion:

"This week, when I asked Paladino if he had campaigned before any non-Orthodox Jewish groups in the state, he confessed to not knowing the difference between the Orthodox and the larger Reform or Conservative denominations. Which explains how he got mixed up early in his campaign with a fringe rabbi, Yehuda Levin, whose entire agenda consists of fighting gay rights and abortion. So desperate was he for Jewish friends after being accused of anti-Semitism, Paladino never had an opportunity to learn that for the vast majority of New York Jews, like those in the rest of the country, their priority is opportunity for all people and programs that improve the communities where they live.

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"In his emailed response to the same question I asked Paladino about Jewish diversity, Cuomo (or his campaign) said: "Throughout my career I have traveled the state meeting with a wide variety of Jewish leaders in different communities." That may be true of his time as an advisor in his father's administration and as attorney general, but he didn't show it in this campaign. The sole foray into organized Jewish life, as far as I can see, was a visit with Satmar and other chasidic leaders in Williamsburg and Borough Park on a single day."

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Cuomo Victory Called as Polls Close

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Polls closed at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night in New York. By 9:01, it was projected that Andrew Cuomo would be the state's next governor.

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Paladino's Progression Through Governor's Race

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

From anger about a love child's press coverage to chest-thumping challenges of manhood, Carl Paladino managed to keep his name in the headlines thoughout the race for New York Governor. Pegged as a foul-mouthed, uncontrollable candidate, Paladino made regular bombastic statements during his campaign.

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Reading Cuomo

Friday, October 29, 2010

A reader frustrated with the coverage of the 2010 candidates emails:

Would be nice if editorial writers at the Times looked at their own complicity in the criticisms they make of Coumo.

NYTimes Endorsement  of Coumo:

Despite several position books, Mr. Cuomo’s candidacy has been more skeletal than it should have been, and there have been times when he failed to stand up forcefully for his stated principles. But he has a strong record in office over the last four years and has proposed serious solutions for some of the state’s problems.

We endorse him with the hope that he would be a bolder and more forthright governor than he has been a candidate.

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Indulging an Obsession With Motors and Muscle

For Andrew M. Cuomo, cars like Corvettes and Camaros have been a passion since his high school days in Queens in the ’70s.

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Cuomo Campaigns Quietly on his Agenda, but Loudly on Paladino's

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Andrew Cuomo, to the consternation of the media that covers him, likes to be in complete control of his message at all times, saying as little as he can get away with. The wildly undisciplined campaign of his opponent, Carl Paladino, has given him an excuse to say even less.

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Education in the Governor's Race: What Cuomo, Paladino Propose

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mudslinging; accusations of extra-marital affairs; homophobia. Voters could easily think those are the biggest issues in the race for New York's next governor. But both Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino are also talking about the issues, including education.

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'Of Course I'm voting for you'

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

That wasn't what I expected to hear when when I saw Carl Paladino bump into Kim Chavis, on New Dorp Lane.

"I like the talk he's talking," she said. "And him, I like what he's saying."

When I asked about Andrew Cuomo, Chavis shook her head, sighed and walked off camera.

And apologies for the, um, unusual camera angle. Sort of had my hands full with radio equipment.

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In the field

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

As you can probably tell by now, I'm out in the field today, following Carl Paladino and a few other people.

Among the highlights:

An older white woman in a diner saying, "Andrew Cuomo, I can't stand that f**k." Carl Paladino smiled and walked away.

Later, while walking down the street, Paladino bumped into an African American woman, who said she was a registered Democrat and will vote for Paladino.

These and other dispatches are popping up on Twitter, with images on my Facebook and Flickr pages.

So, enjoy.

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New York Election Results - The Patchwork Vote

Monday, October 25, 2010

Here are final vote totals from the 2010 statewide elections in New York. The colors represent community types for each county, which are defined by our partners at Patchwork Nation using their analysis of ...

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Lumping Cox into Paladino's motley crew

Monday, October 25, 2010

A note about Andrew Cuomo's campaign, which hits Carl Paladino for hiring an unsavory campaign crew.

The ad refers to Ed Cox, the New York State Republican Chairman who backed two other candidates (Steve Levy and Rick Lazio) before getting behind Paladino, thusly:

"Richard Nixon's son-in-law, a master of dirty tricks, leading one of the nastiest campaigns in the country."

When criticizing the three other Paladino aides, the ad refers to a specific news article where their wrongdoing was reported.

For Cox, the only sourcing is a Syracuse Post-Standard article which, if you look at the ad closely, is used only as a photo credit. The rest of Cox's description is not sourced. The article referred to in the ad is, actually, pretty harmless.

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