Carl Paladino, Renegade Republican gubernatorial, is under fire again for sending out e-mail that depicts racism, pornography and Bestiality

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Carl Paladino
By Celeste Katz and Kenneth Lovett

Renegade Republican gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino is under fire again - this time for sending a string of racist and smutty e-mails to pals and associates.

The outrageous e-mails, first posted onthe western New York blog, range from screeds against President Obama to videos of naked ladies.

And those were the tame ones.

His more revolting missives contained racist rants, hard-core porn and a video clip involving bestiality.

In one December 2008 e-mail, an African tribal dance is labeled an "Obama inauguration rehearsal."

Another e-mail titled "demotivated" spoofs a "motivational poster" with a group of African-Americans running away from a plane.

The caption: "holy s--t. Run n-----s, run!"

Democrats and Republicans quickly condemned the Buffalo businessman.

State Democratic Party boss Jay Jacobs said the "disgusting e-mails disqualify him completely from public service."

Republican Party spokesman Alex Carey deemed the e-mails "disturbing" and noted they "stand in stark contrast to what the Republican Party stands for and the values it promotes."

Paladino, a millionaire with ties to the Tea Party movement, insisted he's "not a racist."

"I confess to being human and imperfect, as are all of God's children," he told a Buffalo crowd Monday. "I am proud that I've created hundreds of jobs and opportunity for people of every ethnicity, color and sexual preference."

Paladino said he "didn't originate any of these e-mails" and was "somewhat careless" in forwarding them.

He said he tried to send the e-mails to "a very specific bunch of friends who somewhat enjoy that humor."

Paladino apologized to women for passing along porn - but not men.

"I say this to the men out there who have never opened a graphic image on the Internet: Don't vote for me. For those who have, I welcome your vote," he said.

For Paladino, a virtual unknown outside western New York, it's the latest in a string of embarrassing - and potentially politically fatal - revelations in recent weeks. He angered 9/11 families by saying Obama's health care reform will ultimately kill more people than the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The so-called "values" candidate also admitted to fathering a daughter 10 years ago during an extramarital affair. He has promised to spend up to $10 million of his own money in the race. He is running against Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and former Rep. Rick Lazio for the GOP gubernatorial nod.


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