Carl Paladino: The Biggest Tea Party Mistake Thus Far
I guessed something was wrong when we saw those ugly orange and black signs of his…
Now, compared to Steve Levy’s bumpy, haphazard campaign, Carl Paladino’s gubernatorial campaign is, in my opinion, minutes away from sudden death.
Paladino, a Buffalo businessman with a somewhat sketchy past, was recently caught red-handed sending stunningly profane, racist, and inappropriate emails to a variety of associates. In the process, he has delivered, in my view, the first major blow to the Tea Party movement.
Paladino is a second-generation American whose parents emigrated from Italy to the United States. Paladino is married to Mary Catherine Hannon. They had three children William Paladino, a daughter Danielle Jacobs and a son Patrick Paladino (ca. 1980-2009), who died in an automobile accident. In addition he has a ten year old daughter, Sarah Paladino, from an extramarital affair with an employee. He is related by marriage to Representative Brian Higgins; their wives are cousins.
Paladino attended St. Bonaventure University and the Syracuse University College of Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1971. He spent one year in active duty in the United States Army and seven years in the reserve, retiring in 1981 at the rank of Captain.
The story from CBS News regarding the emails:
Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino reportedly sent e-mails to numerous associates that included images of bestiality and derogatory characterizations of President Obama, including one offering a video clip of African tribesmen dancing that characterized the video as “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal.”
The e-mails were obtained by WNYMedia.net, and have been posted here. The site’s managing director, Marc Odien, told the Buffalo News that he had verified that Palidino had sent many of the “racist and sexist” messages with multiple sources.
In a statement to TPM Muckraker, Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo said the candidate had sent “off-color” and “politically incorrect” e-mails in the past.
“Carl Paladino has forwarded close friends hundreds of email messages he received,” he said. “Many of these emails he received were off color, some were politically incorrect, few represented his own opinion, and almost none of them were worth remembering.”
A Tea Party darling, Paladino reportedly sent an e-mail depicting a horse having sex with a woman and another that included a pornographic video and the headline “Miss France 2008 F[***]ing.” He also reportedly sent out an e-mail depicting President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as a pimp and prostitute and one showing an airplane landing near black men with the caption “Holy Sh*t. run ni**ers, run!”
After one respondent complained that the “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal” e-mail was “flat-out racist,” Paladino reportedly replied, “I apologize to you and everyone if that is offensive. to me its just humor. i’m not racist and have never related obamas color to my political distaste for him.”
The Buffalo News reports that Paladino did not deny sending the e-mails at an event today. He called them “just another liberal Democrat blog smear.”
No, Mr. Paladino. They’re not.
First of all, you should have known better. I mean, racist emails? Bestiality? Come on. It’s not like your campaign chair was the wierdo sending this crap out to people. It was you! And worst of all, you admit it was you, and then try to sweep it under the rug.
Second, we all know Republicans have been stereotyped as being white supremacists (which is funny, given the fact that Republicans did more for civil rights than the Democrats did for over a century in American politics). The unfortunate truth is that a bunch of the cross-over Democrats that came to our party during the Reagan Revolution brought their speckled sensitivity to color with them. For that reason, the stereotype, while on the whole untrue, does have a basis in our party’s history.
I don’t have to list the examples of recent Republican race-related embarrassments (“Barack the Magic Negro” and Trent Lott come to mind). Even in Brooklyn, we’ve been critical of how Brooklyn GOP Craig Eaton has systematically disenfranchised a number of women and minorities in the party leadership, so we’re no stranger to these kind of issues. But not learning from these mistakes, Mr. Paladino, is perhaps the biggest crime of all.
Third…..bestiality?! What do you do? Stare into your wondrous spam mailbox and pluck these gems out? Unbelievable!
I could go on, but these ridiculous circumstances are pretty self-evident. What concerns me more than anything else is the impact this will have on the Tea Party movement, a movement that I’m sympathetic to as a libertarian-leaning Republican.
Carl Paladino, like it or not, was being sold on the Tea Party message.
What a mistake that was.
This man is not capable of avoiding the major issues campaign strategists usually tell politicians to avoid. You know, like sexism, racism, and bestiality! I mean, enough of this whining about the left trying to sabotage his campaign. This man is clearly a joke.
The fact is, if he can’t be trusted with his e-mail, how can we trust him to run our dysfunctional state any better than David Paterson?
And so, the Tea Party now has to reckon with its first major political blow. Until now, it was just the mainstream media and the liberal bloggers criticizing them (sometimes, frankly, for accurate reasons). But otherwise the Tea Party movement has been well-received by the American public.
Now, Carl Paladino has given ammunition to his critics, turned around, and given them time to take aim and fire. And not just at him, but at the Tea Party movement in New York and even elsewhere (I wouldn’t be surprised if FOX News, MSNBC or CNN pick up the story). He has provided a tailor-made liberal distraction to the genuine tax-and-spend argument that was being made by the Tea Party movement. Worst of all, he gives credence to the Tea Party detractors who say that it’s all just a bunch of nazis running these Tea Parties. Now, they can add sexism, racism, and…bestiality! (Sorry, I can’t help it) to their list.
And to prove my point, here’s what the folks at HuffPo just posted today:
Carl Paladino, the Tea Party favorite for New York governor, is in hot water yet again.
As the Huffington Post uncovered last week, the multi-millionaire developer has a history of being “racially offensive” and putting forth derogatory comments. Today the blog WNYmedia.net published a series of bombshell emails that Paladino sent around or forwarded on to friends, associates and coworkers.
These emails run the gamut from your standard email chain smut to greatly disturbing racist imagery. Many of the latter type of emails targeted President Obama and his wife Michelle.
Here’s a brief rundown of some the emails obtained by the news outlet (WARNING: OFFENSIVE MATERIAL BELOW):
– Ahead of Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, Paladino sent around a video entitled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal.” The video shows an African tribesman dancing, and is apparently popular among white supremacists.
– An email with the subject line “Proof the Irish discovered Africa” containing a video of monkeys that appear to be doing a Riverdance-style jig.
– A video of a naked woman sent from a government email account.
…Paladino has been backed by Tea Party advocates across the state, and at one point was even in talks with Conservative Party leaders about running on their ticket.
Ah, there it is.
I can see the Left’s mantra now: Paladino = Tea Party Movement.
What a shame, and we have Mr. Paladino to blame for this…
Carl Paladino says he’s “mad as hell.”
I agree. And then some.
Good-bye, Mr. Paladino.