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

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.

from Summit Notebook:

Senator McCain: Republicans in search of message to woo angry voters

The Republican Party is in search of a message to attract voters who are angry with just about everything -- healthcare, the U.S. deficit, Wall Street bonuses, increased unemployment and home foreclosures to mention a few.

"There's a lot of anger out there and there's a lot of frustration," said Republican Senator John McCain, who was defeated by Democrat Barack Obama for president last year.

Thousands of people are turning up at townhall meetings and "tea party" protests against government policies, he noted.