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Political insider still “in” in New York governor’s race

October 18, 2010

carl1New York voters are plenty angry. But apparently they’re not so comfortable with “scary-angry” and that could be costing Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino some support, The New York Times reports.

According to a New York Times poll released on the eve of their Monday night debate, Democrat Andrew Cuomo has opened a big lead over Paladino, 59 percent to 24 percent.

Fifty-nine percent of voters said Paladino did not have the right temperament and personality to be a good governor.  Fifty-five percent said the real estate developer who’s never held public office did not have the right kind of experience.

“We’re all upset in New York State with the way it’s been run, but I don’t think it’s a good thing for a candidate to be that angry. He’s scary-angry, actually,” Michelle Sullivan, an independent, told the Times in a followup interview.

Cuomo, the New York attorney general and son of former Democratic governor Mario Cuomo, has been considered a strong favorite ahead of the Nov. 2 election in the heavily Democratic state.

A month ago Paladino, a Tea Party-backed candidate, had pulled to within six percentage  points of his Democratic opponent in a Quinnipiac University poll.

His standing in the new poll of 1,139 people surveyed Oct. 10-15, may have been affected by Paladino’s recent public relations, The New York Times said.

Paladino has been in the news after his remarks on gays and comments that children should not be “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option.”

Late month, Paladino was caught on tape in a public clash with a New York Post reporter saying to the journalist: “I’ll take you out, buddy.”

Photo credit: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (Paladino marches in New York City’s Columbus Day Parade)

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