‘Mad as Hell’: Something Stinks in the New York Guv Primary

Sep 14, 2010 2:13pm

 ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports:

Voters are already at polls for the last big primary day of the year and the sleeper surprise could come in the New York Governor’s race.

The question may ultimately be academic; whoever wins the Republican governor’s primary will face long odds to defeat New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

But in this year of insiders versus outsiders, the race offers some time for head scratching as well as scratch and sniffing.

Rick Lazio, who last ran a state-wide campaign against Hillary Clinton in the 2000 Senate contest, was supposed to easily grab the nomination.

But  businessman Carl Paladino is shown by recent polls to be virtually tied with Lazio. Paladino’s campaign motto is that he’s “mad as hell.”

Paladino has said he’ll spend $10 million on the race and has proven to be a truly interesting candidate.

For starters, He’s a bit of a paradox. He’s “mad as hell” about the state of the government, and would “take a baseball bat” with him to Albany, according to the New York Times.  But Paladino also made much of his fortune as landlord for state office buildings in Buffalo. 

Paladino is no stranger to the minor scandal. He sent some explicit emails, some with dubious jokes about President Obama and others with pornography to  a large group of people and a local New York website published them. 

He’s not afraid to do outlandish things to grab some attention. Paladino sent out mailers that contained a horrible odor. The message: something stinks in Albany. But the mailers also made voters’ mailboxes stink. 

But ultimately, Paladino, who is courting angry Tea Party voters, might be too conservative to win a general election in New York. He suggested housing welfare recipients in prison dorms.

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