Paladino Drops Cuomo Affair Claim

'It's not that I was accusing him,' says gubernatorial candidate
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2010 4:12 AM CDT
Carl Paladino says he didn't accuse Cuomo of having an affair.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – So, remember when Carl Paladino accused his rival, Andrew Cuomo, of having an affair? Yeah, he didn't really mean that. Yesterday, he retracted the claim, saying it was all just a big misunderstanding, reports the Buffalo News. Paladino says he was just so "sick and tired" of the affair questions lobbed his way that he asked a reporter if the press had asked the same questions of Cuomo. "It's not that I was accusing him," he said, though he did tell jostled New York Post reporter Fred Dicker that he would supply proof "at the appropriate time."

"Misunderstanding" or not, Paladino's claim about Cuomo seems to be baseless, notes the New York Daily News. Paladino asked reporters if anybody had investigated his rival's "paramours" during his 13-year marriage to Kerry Kennedy (daughter of Robert F. Kennedy). But, the News notes, it was Kennedy, not Cuomo, whose cheating was linked to their 2003 divorce. There is no evidence, so far, of an Andrew Cuomo affair. Click here to follow the Paladino-Cuomo battle.

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