Carl Paladino, GOP nominee for New York State governor, bastion of class, and apparently taking a page from Sarah Palin‘s political handbook, has sent out an open letter to New York voters calling opponent Andrew Cuomo‘s “cojones” into question. Paladino, perhaps unmanned by Cuomo’s refusal to mention him by name after last Tuesday’s surprise primary win, has hit back below the belt in an effort to draw Cuomo in to a debate.
Frankly, i dont think you have the cojones to face me and the other candidates in a open debate. I dont think you have the cojones to answer direct questions regarding the mistakes you made at HUD in pushing a sub-prime mortgage scheme that cost taxpayers $2.4 trillion dollars and cost most New Yorkers the value of their 401-Ks. I dont think you have the cojones to answer questions about why you embraced ethically-challenged Charlie Rangel while pledging to clean up corruption. I don’t think you haved the cojones to defend why some were prosecuted in the Hevesi Pension scandal while others – including many of your key supporters – were not.
So Andrew, for the first time in your life be a man. Don’t hide behind daddy’s coattails even though he pulled strings to advance your career every step of your way. Come out and debate like a man.
Hat tip Gawker, who also points out that the grammatical error above are all Paladino’s (or whomever is writing his open letters). Cuomo has yet to respond (though he has said previously he’s open to debates) but it’s hard to see how he will be able to make it through to November in this political climate without at least addressing Paladino directly. Particularly since the more people get to know Paladino the more they seem willing to vote for him. Via Elizabeth Benjamin comes the latest Rasmussen poll (taken last week) which shows Cuomo leads Paladino by 16 points, down from a 29 point lead in July.
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