A completely sane and rational person would tell you that his brash and in-your-face style probably has no place in what should otherwise be civil public discourse and debate, but we don't know any completely sane and rational people, so we say let's get down in the mud and start slinging!
Every day on the campaign trail is filled with new over-the-top statements. In fact, we just got a tweet from a fellow newshound who was at a meeting between members of the press and Paladino that the Republican gubernatorial candidate just said that Andrew Cuomo took “a bribe.” Granted, it's Twitter and it's unconfirmed, but we can certainly believe that Paladino would make such an allegation.
After all, this was the man who steadfastly accused Andrew Cuomo of stepping out on his first wife, after news broke that Paladino had fathered a child with a mistress. Surely by now you've seen the video footage of Paladino going berserk on New York Post editor Fred Dicker when he pressed Paladino for evidence to support his allegations. In case you haven't seen it, you can watch it here.
At one point Paladino tells Dicker, “I'll take you out, buddy.” Dicker isn't even running against Paladino and he can't stand him, imagine how he feels about Andrew Cuomo!
Yes, we have a feeling here at Pol Position that this is going to get a lot uglier as the campaign wears on. We seriously can't wait for an unscripted debate between these two (we'll be severely disappointed if it doesn't come to fisticuffs).
Sensing that Paladino might be something of a loose cannon, many GOPers have begun slowly disassociating themselves from the Buffalo businessman. After Paladino backtracked on the Cuomo affair allegation and admitted that the didn't have any proof that the attorney general cheated on his first wife (in fact, some published reports at the time said it was quite the opposite) as he had originally promised, some people inside the party called on Paladino to apologize to Cuomo. We won't hold our breath.
But by far our favorite commentary on the subject came from an unnamed GOP insider in a Daily News article on Monday. Here it is verbatim:
“Everybody's waiting to see if he can keep his s--t together,” a GOP operative not connected to the campaign said. “It would be nice if he could just keep his s--t together for a week.”
It would be nice if he could keep his, ahem, stuff together for a week? We have to say that the standards for New York politics have sunk to a new low when we hope that our candidates can go at least seven days without doing something completely off-the-cuff explosively nuts. And we're loving it.