Has everybody spent all day glued to their computers and television screens, waiting with bated breath in anticipation of Carl Paladino's mysterious television news bomb which he promised to drop on us at the end of the work day. Would it live up to his crazier antics, or would it turn out to be another boring campaign stump speech filled with more vitriol, empty rhetoric and unsubstantiated rumors?
Feisty gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is expected to broadcast a "major" announcement over many New York stations tonight. Paladino has purchased air time in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, and will make his announcement at 5:13 pm, though no has been able to ascertain what the message will be.
Carl Paladino addresses some of the numerous controversies that have overtaken his campaign in the last weeks in the boring three minute video, including the confrontation with Post reporter Fred Dicker, his out of wedlock and product of an adulterous affair child, and the accusations he made about Andrew Cuomo's infidelities.
Paladino says he just wants to move past all the insinuations and innuendo, although as is always his problem, he can't help but throw in a jab that Cuomo's "prowess is legendary." He accuses Cuomo of being afraid of a debate, and spends the last third of the video letting his his newly appointed Campaign Chairwoman Nancy Naples ask for emergency campaign donations.
So there you have it folks, this was just one more attempt that Paladino has made this week to not sound crazy as a loon.
Regarding that "debate" point Paladino where accuses Cuomo of not wanting to debate: at the same time Paladino is calling out Cuomo for not agreeing to debate, it was announced that all seven candidates for governor have been invited for the first official debate at Hofstra University, on Monday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Six of the seven pol's, including Cuomo, Kristin Davis (Anti-Prohibition Party), Charles Barron (Freedom Party), Howie Hawkins (Green Party), Warren Redlich (Libertarian Party), and Jimmy McMillan (Rent is too Damn High Party) have agreed to attend. The only person who hasn't accepted the invitation? Carl Paladino.
Andrew Cuomo's campaign gave this response, via the Daily News:
Carl Paladino and his handlers can't con New Yorkers. They have seen the real Carl and they know he is unfit to be Governor with his unstable outbursts, smears, and total lack of substance. New Yorkers don't need his dysfunctional personality in Albany - Albany is dysfunctional enough As we all know by now, Carl has a casual relationship with the truth. We have accepted a debate hosted by Newsday featuring all candidates, as requested by Carl, and it is Carl who has thus far declined. Just when you thought he couldn't get any lower, Carl once again debased himself and the entire political process.