Paladino: Cuomo Took ‘Payoff’ As HUD Secretary

Accusation Comes Day After Blow-Up With Reporter

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The intense battle for governor of New York erupted Wednesday night in an angry exchange between one of the candidates and a reporter before aides separated the two men.

If he was trying to burnish his reputation as the Buffalo bomb thrower, the tough guy who said he’d take a baseball bat to Albany to clean it up, Carl Paladino took a few steps backwards after he got in the face of New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker.

Then not 24 hours later, Paladino too another swipe at Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo, accusing him of taking a “payoff” while he was Housing and Urban Development secretary during the Clinton Administration.

Paladino cited a company sued by the federal government and run by developer Andrew Farkas, who later hired Cuomo for $1.2 million and remains a top campaign contributor.

Cuomo insisted there has never been a quid pro quo for his work as HUD secretary, his subsequent employment as a Farkas adviser or for campaign contributions from Farkas, now his campaign finance chairman.

Paladino and Dicker entered their war of words after Dicker challenged the Republican-Conservative candidate to provide proof of an allegation he made concerning Cuomo’s marriage.

“I’ll take you out, buddy,” Paladino told Dicker.

“How ya gonna do that?” Dicker responded.

“Watch,” was his answer.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports on the confrontation
LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks with Political Scientist Doug Muzzio
LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb on Cuomo Blasting Paladino

Paladino said he would provide proof “at the appropriate time,” then accused Dicker of being biased for Cuomo.

“You’re his stalking horse, Fred Dicker. You’re his stalking horse,” Paladino said as he thrusted his finger in the reporter’s face. “You’re his bird dog. You send another goon to my daughter’s house and I’ll take you out, buddy.”

Paladino accused Dicker of sending a photographer to follow the 10-year-old daughter he fathered outside of wedlock.

“I don’t send bird dogs to do my dirty work,” Paladino said.

Political scientist Doug Muzzio was shocked by Paladino’s outburst.

“It’s wild, it’s absolutely wild the lack of real control this guy has over himself and his campaign,” Muzzio said.

The Baruch College professor said he believes the blow-up will hurt the Republican’s chance in the race.

“There’s a difference between reality TV and governoring the state of New York,” Muzzio said.

However, Republican political pundit Joseph Mercurio issued caution.

“His core voters are probably still with him,” Mercurio told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
A recent Marist poll indicated that the more New Yorkers get to know Paladino, the less they like him.

Asked if he was fit to be governor, 40 percent said “yes” and 48 percent said “no.” When told about some of his hard-hitting comments, the “no” count rose to 58 percent.

In the same poll, 67 percent said Cuomo is fit to be governor.

Team Paladino issued a statement Thursday saying the only way for voters to judge the fitness of these two men to be governor is if Cuomo and Paladino face each other in a debate.

Cuomo’s people did not return calls seeking comment about the two men debating.

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One Comment

  1. forknapp says:

    Paladino is the man. He is angry like the rest of us. He is challenging a goon in Cuomo.Cuomo has not spoke his position??? Does anyone know what his agenda is? Obama did the same thing…Look what we got??? Are you all this stupid to do this all over again??? Fool me once shame on you Fool me twice shame on me…or in this case us.

  2. The Real NY says:

    @ the other NY – we get all of the money because this is where most of the NYS population lives. More than 1/2 live within the 5 boroughs and Long Island. You don’t like it move – we’ll be glad to take your share as well!!

    1. The other NY says:

      I move, you get no money dumb a– . Just stick to buying World Series.

  3. Proud Agnostic says:

    Anyone who votes for Andy the trust fund brat cuomo DON’T COMPLAIN About taxes when THEY GO EVEN HIGHER!

  4. The other NY says:

    Paladino is what New York needs, a politician that is not afraid to challenge state unions. And maybe he can stop all the money from New York State going to NYC and Long Island leaving the rest of New York with nothing. You people in NYC with your welfare fraud and unions are killing this state, get a job and stop leaching on the government.

    1. nathan says:

      We people in NYC are richer than you 🙂

      1. forknapp says:

        Not when gas drilling occurs. You will see a shift in income.!! 🙂

  5. Proud Agnostic says:

    Hey andy.Debate the man.If you arn’t capable ,get your daddy to debate for you.

  6. rick bagley says:

    It is scary and funny reading these blogs,the nanny staters hate him because he will remove the gimme’s,and the rest of us are praying he will get in and do just that.You can read between the lines,they want there freebee’s left alone,I say take a look around the world if we don’t stop now and reduce this pre-socialism style governing we will end up just another statistic.remember nothing is free, You can’t vote your way to wealth,you earn it.

  7. Laurie says:

    Paladino needs to crawl back under the rock from which he came, seriously work camps for people on welfare because they “lack” hygiene? That is wrong and racist, I was on Public Assistance but it didn’t mean that I was failing in my hygiene. What about the people in this economy that lost jobs, can’t find another and have to go on PA because their unemployment benefits and savings have run out. Would you also say that they lacked “hygeine”? I would say to Carl, go live in the real world without your mafia buddies and see what it is really like. No car, no body guards, no money and be in the projects. Do this for about a 3 months than lets see where that big mouth of yours goes.

  8. toad master says:

    Just another attempt to re-elect another corrupt obama official to office.
    The end justifies the means, no matter how, which methods are used, lying
    cheating, fabrication of and altering information, by any criminal means.

  9. Dorothy Rodenbeck says:

    Dorothy….If he were a democrat there would be no reporter interviewing him. It was more like a hounding. Since he is new at all this, he responded honestly. He hasn’t learned to fake his feelings like professional politicians.,

  10. Ric says:

    I LOVE this guy! Paladino is nobody’s fool. Get rid of career hacks like Cuomo!
    Vote Paladino!!

  11. Mark Stone says:

    This guy is a mafia guy, and this the best the Republicans can put up. What does that say about the rest of the party? If he wins I am moving out of New York. Whats next serial killers?

  12. fabes says:

    the Paladino Crime Family…

  13. Roy says:

    Paladino is a thug,always was,always will be, it’s a sad day,when the best candidate the republican party can produce for governor,is a “man” of this caliiber……… and I’m a republican

  14. Fran says:

    Paladino is a nut job ! like most of the Tea party running for office , any one who votes for them besause their angry at the Rep or Dam are only cutting of their nose to spite their face.

  15. jack says:

    This guy is a goon.

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