From The New York Times:
ALBANY — Carl P. Paladino, a Republican candidate for governor from Buffalo, drew fire on Monday for racist and sexually explicit e-mail messages that a left-leaning Web site claimed he had sent to friends and business associates in recent years.
The messages all appeared to have been sent from Mr. Paladino’s account at Ellicott Development, the Buffalo real estate company that has helped make him a multimillionaire.
“It’s behavior that Carl regrets, and it’s e-mails with some regrettable material,” [Paladino’s campaign manager, Michael] Caputo said. “But we think this is a smear campaign authorized by Democrats in Albany who are afraid of Carl.”
Marc Odien, an editor at WNYMedia.net, said the Web site had confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail by contacting three of the dozens of recipients listed in the “cc” field of the messages.
Mr. Paladino entered the Republican campaign this month pledging to spend as much as $10 million of his money to win office.
From the New York DAILY NEWS:
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.
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!”
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.”
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.
If you’d like to see the email of the non-racist who has so much respect for women and is all about family values, you can find them at WNYmedia.