ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo union, Long Island Latinos, and an Albany minority coalition were the latest groups aligned with Democrats to rally against Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino.

Paladino said the drum beat of protests were part of Democrat Andrew Cuomo’s campaign for governor to use surrogates while Cuomo “ducks” a public debate.

On Tuesday Paladino was protested by the Buffalo Central Labor Council and the Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council, the Albany area NAACP and the Suffolk County Latino community.

Paladino recently won the support of conservative Latino ministers in the Bronx at a stop in his campaign that now includes former Buffalo Bills star Thurman Thomas, who is black and says Paladino isn’t racist.

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