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Carl Paladino: The Biggest Tea Party Mistake Thus Far

April 12, 2010

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’s background:

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.[2] 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, 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 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.

  1. Cipriani, is it? permalink
    April 12, 2010 8:43 pm

    If you think Paladino’s embarrassing, try the teenage college drop-out who’s desperately clinging to a hope that he’s get traction in the 49th. From what I’ve heard, he worked for Bloomberg. That’s his only qualification…ugh! Scary!

    What an embarrassment. I mean, at least when the Republican-Conservatives-CCCP-Cathedral Club supported Greenfield he had a job and some experience. But this kid, Cipriani, is it?

    I didn’t think you could get much lower than Russell Gallo’s Kenneth Rice or the wretched D’Ottavio as candidates, but apparently, the brain trust at the Bay Ridge Cabal is asking themselves “how low can you go?” lol

  2. Best Freakin' Video EVER permalink
    April 12, 2010 8:45 pm

  3. HG-WT, Wire Paladin permalink
    April 12, 2010 11:44 pm

    Carl Paladino has proven that he is “…. a knight without armor in a savage land…”

    Unfortunately, he might have also betrayed himself and, more unfortunately, his followers by being a knight without honor.

    Somebody posted a little item here a while back that mentioned the Roger Stone connection to the Paladino campaign; and that such a connection would lead to a train wreck. Maybe, this campaign has just been train-wrecked because Stone and Caputo got behind the wrong guy from the get go.

    Probably Paladino isn’t the Paladin we thought he might be. It’s sad when a glimmer goes out like a candle in the wind (Ah, Diana we hardly knew ya). At least we didn’t get too invested in the whole thing; and we certainly needn’t lower the Jacks atop our palaces.

  4. April 13, 2010 1:05 am

    We need to get something straight, Ron Paul = The *real* Tea Party. He started them in 2007 until it got hacked by neoconservatives and Sarah Palin. Such a shame…

  5. Planting Eaton in Potter's Field permalink
    April 13, 2010 8:08 pm

    As I write this comment on this Paladinos thread, Republican Chairman Craig Eaton our home-grown Paladino is probably hard at work making another of his now famous unforced errors.

    This time it’s at a Republican County Executive Board Meeting, at which it appears that Chairman Craig Eaton is determined to “nominate” Peter Cipriano, against the clear rules of the Kings County Republican Party. I’m sure they’ll find some way to ignore those rules, like saying the Executive Committee in the 49th AD has a “conflict of interest” or some other ersatz confabulation— “All power to the KCRP Chairman!!!!”

    Since, the Cipriano “nomination” will probably happen, let’s just say that “Carl Paladino” Eaton will wish that all he had done was forward some “woman-on-beast” porn to some of his buddies.

    Cipriano has been vetted by capodosse di tutti capodosse Testaverde— that means Cipriano’s not been vetted properly. Remember, last time it was somebody who was convicted with new charges pending— this might be better than that. Let’s wait and see. Fred Martorell or Lucretia Regina-Potter, or as we often call her Lucretia the Lovely, will try to stop things by raising proper objections; but if the matter is voted upon, they’ll want a proper role-call vote, so that young Mr. Cipriano can be hung around the necks of the guilty, especially Eaton.

    Craig I think Cipriano will wind up landing you in Potter’s Field; maybe in the same hole with young Cipriano.

  6. Lesli Rice: MELTDOWN permalink
    April 13, 2010 10:19 pm

    I heard Lesli Rice went POSTAL tonight!!!!!!! LOL Can you say PSYCHO???

  7. Looney Leslie permalink
    April 14, 2010 2:20 am

    Someone get this looney tune on meds quick and while your at it call Child Welfare to check on the kid.

  8. A Highly Placed Source permalink
    April 14, 2010 5:51 pm

    Re: Planting Eaton in Potter’s Field; Lesli Rice: MELTDOWN; and Looney Leslie


    Two really big things happened at the Kings County Republican Party Executive Meeting held at the Brooklyn Bar Association last night.

    First, Kings Republican Chairman Craig Eaton BLINKED– as in– Lucretia Regina-Potter stared him down, both literally and figuratively.

    Figuratively, Eaton had to hit the reset button on his plans to “endorse” Peter Cipriano as his 49th AD challenger against Lucretia Regina-Potter. That was probably because Craig Eaton’s legal advisors, ie., other Republican lawyers, ones who can read and know the meaning and legal significance of documents, probably told him that any such attempt would be ultra vires or otherwise illegal, thus actionable by any aggrieved party, specifically– the aforementioned LRP.

    Less likely, but no less significantly, Republican Chairman Craig Eaton might have begun to question the research that the Bone-head of Bone-heads Testaverde, a/k/a Republican Vice Chairman Anthony Testaverde, did on Peter Cipriano, because of the flak coming from this blog. It’s also possible that Cipriano may have gotten religion and fessed-up about his real personal background and associations. We doubt that it is the latter, because somebody as immature and inexperienced as Peter Cipriano probably would think that there’s nothing really wrong with the stuff we’ve got him on (hint: it’s more than “the dog ate my homework” or the puffery in his Catholic University election blurb).

    Literally,….( well we’ll report on the actual staredown at the KCRP Exec Meeting in a later detailed report entitled “Comics at Open-Mike Nite at the Brooklyn Bar Assn.— Hosted by Eaton and Testaverde”)

    The other big thing is that Republican Senate candidate Joe Dioguardi, former congressman from the Lower Hudson Valley made a great presentation to the Kings County Republican Executive Committee. This left Craig Eaton with a little egg on his face, because his guy in that race is Bruce Blakeman and Joe Dio”G” did impress many of the Brooklyn Execs that did manage to show up.

    Here’s where I hope there might be some video>>>>>>>> Last night’s commenter elsewhere on this blog, who said that Leslie Rice had a “Meltdown” and went “postal”, only got it only partially right.>>>>>>>>>>> This is classic! It seems that “Unforced Error” Eaton never lets the crowd down, even if he avoids the error that one expects. In a clear bit of stage craft, little rice cakes, Leslie Rice, pops up with a “spontaneous question” about being a mere snapper when Representative Dioguardi got all of his street cred — and get this — how dare he even mention that he worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. [boos and hisses from the extras], as if that’s a good thing. Old pro Dio-“G”, asks some pointed questions of the young Miss Rice, like, “Are you a lawyer (or do you play one on TV)?” Being reduced to rice pudding, now-less-than-lovely Leslie went SUPER-NOVA >}/@#$%^>@><?/})*&^*_-+<!$%^*& became apoplectic, had to leave the room and even slammed the door– making her then the “Less-than-lovely-less-than-ladylike Leslie Rice. Tsk, tsk, tsk.!

    As far as I’m concerned Joe Dioguardi should get an award for putting Leslie Rice in her place– that’s right out on her ass—umptions, wrong assumptions that is. Eaton sat by like the cat-that-swallowed-the-canary as he checked his E-mail and looked through his bills, hinking, “Oh, what a clever fellow I am.”

    Taken with the rest of the “Comics at Open-Mike Nite” entertainment (remember more on that at another time), it seems that a good time was had by all, even by L-T-L-L-T-L-L LR who apparently likes this sort of stuff.

  9. A Highly Placed Source permalink
    April 15, 2010 7:38 pm

    Oops!……………..made you blink again.

    The Jig is Up Atlas has sent an “Open Letter” to the lovely Lucretia Regina-Potter.

    It came down to this, “What can we do to be one big happy family again?” (my paraphrase)


    Dear kindly Sergeant Kruptke arrests some “Golden Child” (ed. “Golden Children”) at the Kettle Black and everybody wants to circle the wagons like everybody is part of the Golden family.

    Even Kings Republican Chairman Craig Eaton has to be pissed at this turn of events; like his feud with Arnaldo don’t count for nothin’.


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