NY Gov Hopeful's Emails Feature Racism, Porn, Bestiality
Tea party candidate Carl Paladino blames Democrats for 'smear'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2010 6:59 PM CDT
Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino announces his candidacy for New York State governor at a rally in Buffalo, Monday, April 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

(Newser) – One week after announcing his candidacy for governor of New York, Carl Paladino was on the hot seat today after an upstate political blog released racist, sexist, and pornographic emails the wealthy developer allegedly sent. The tea partier issued a statement today saying the messages were "just another liberal Democrat blog smear" but didn't deny sending them, the Buffalo News reports.

"We're not surprised the political establishment feels threatened by Carl's drive to take Albany back for taxpayers," Paladino's campaign manager said. Their reservations may have more to do with the content of the emails, which included photos of a woman having sex with a horse, Barack and Michelle Obama dressed as a pimp and prostitute, and dancing African tribesmen captioned "Obama Inauguration Rehearsal."