New York politics

Jewish Candidate For Governor Sees An Opportunity

10/11/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In his words, he hasn't bumped his head and awakened with the idea that he's actually going to be the next governor.

But as the Republican and Conservative Party candidate, Carl Paladino seems to be alienating mainstream voters, and even a few on the conservative right, with his strong anti-gay rhetoric, Warren Redlich sees an opportunity.

Carl Paladino's creative Jewish strategy

Apparently Carl Paladino, the Republican/Tea Party candidate for governor of New York, has a Jewish strategy: find the fringiest elements of the Jewish community, take positions that a majority of Jews will find offensive, and then sit back and wait for the Jewish votes to come your way.

What a concept.

'White Supremacist' Candidate Sues For Defamation

10/05/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Jim Russell, the Westchester Republican candidate challenging Rep. Nita Lowey, has filed suit against several journalists, state Republican leaders and an official of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, claiming he was falsely characterized as a bigot.

The state Republican party withdrew its support for Russell last month after an essay Russell wrote in 2001 in the Occidental Journal, with controversial views about countering Jewish influence on Christianity and establishing "ethnic boundaries for socialization and marriage," was published by the Politico website.

Paladino Blasts McCall-Cuomo Alliance

10/03/2010 - 20:00
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Democrat Andrew Cuomo campaigned Sunday with his rival in the 2002 governor’s race, H. Carl McCall, the former state comptroller, prompting a harsh response from Republican contender Carl Paladino.

McCall was the only African American to hold a statewide office in New York before David Paterson became governor in 2008, and McCall remains the only black politician elected statewide. He retired from politics after losing the governor’s race to George Pataki eight years ago.

Queens GOP Candidate Blasts ‘Terrorist-Loving Congressman’ In Ad

09/27/2010 - 20:00
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A Republican who is running for a House seat in southeast Queens, attacked Democrat incumbent Gregory Meeks as a “scandal-ridden, terrorist-loving congressman” in a Jewish newspaper ad this week, complete with a photo of Osama Bin-Laden.

Asher Taub's ad in the Five Towns Jewish Times says Meeks was “so concerned about Muslim preachers who head terrorist charities that were being put through extra security at our airports that he personally interceded for them with the Bush White House.”

Paladino Buys Silver Train Ticket Out Of State

09/27/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino has bought Sheldon Silver a ticket to Washington DC in response to the assembly speaker’s suggestion that people leave New York if Paladino is elected.

Paladino Dogged By‘Hitler’ Reference

As conservative Brooklyn rabbis support him, he says he ‘condemns words’ used against Silver.
09/20/2010 - 20:00
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Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino on Tuesday struggled to explain inflammatory comments attributed to him about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver by an upstate newspaper last year — comments driven to the forefront by his upset primary victory last week — ultimately saying, “I condemn the words.”

Carl Paladino with Brooklyn rabbis Tuesday.  Adam Dickter

Silver Speaks Out On Paladino

09/20/2010 - 20:00
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In his first public comments on Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said New Yorkers should “consider moving out of the state if he becomes governor.”

Since winning the GOP nod, Paladino has come under fire for comments he made nearly a year ago supporting Erie County Supervisor Chris Collins for calling Silver an “anti-Christ.”

Tough-Talking Paladino Seen Solidifying Democrats’ Base

Buffalo millionaire, Republican gubernatorial nominee, not likely to put together winning coalition in state, experts say.
09/15/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The upset victory of Buffalo developer and Tea Party activist Carl Paladino in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor over Rick Lazio is likely to solidify the Democrats’ most crucial voting blocs — including Jews — and drive most independents into the Democrats’ camp as well in November’s election, observers say.

GOP nominee Carl Paladino

High Drama, Low Turnout

09/06/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

With little drama at the top of the ticket — there is only one statewide Democratic primary contest — turnout is expected to be largely underwhelming in Tuesday’s election. But the exception will likely be in Manhattan, where some spirited campaigns are playing out.

Lawyer Reshma Saujani, left, is challenging East Side Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
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