Talking Points Memo reports:
Carl Paladino’s campaign released a statement today regarding last night’s New York Post reporter-threatening incident, and defended the Republican gubernatorial nominee’s actions as “protecting his family.”
Paladino claims that Post Editor Fred Dicker was involved in sending photographers to take pictures of Paladino’s 10-year-old daughter, whom he had with a woman who is not his wife. The intrusion, the release said, makes the girl “susceptible to kidnapping or sexual predators.” It adds: “Endangering the safety of a 10-year-old child is repugnant.”
The release also calls questions about Paladino’s affairs “irrelevent,” since, as Paladino claims (without evidence), his Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo has also had affairs:
We challenge Fred Dicker to ask Andrew Cuomo this question on the record, since it has been posed repeatedly to Carl Paladino: “Did you engage in extramarital relationships while you were married?” A simple “Yes” or “No” will suffice.
Mr. Dicker will not ask this question of Cuomo, nor will Andrew Cuomo answer it.
On the threats specifically, the Paladino camp said:
Mr. Dicker gets extra Cuomo Brownie Points by claiming Carl threatened him. Carl has used this exact word choice throughout this campaign and several times on Mr. Dicker’s radio show: he’ll take out this government. He’ll take out the bad guys. He’ll take out Sheldon Silver.
The TPM Poll Average shows Cuomo leading 52.8%-38.4%.
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