New York governor's race

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Former Candidate Slams 'Unqualified Lesbian' Nixon

Christine Quinn says she was a 'qualified lesbian' in mayoral run

(Newser) - Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn—who considers herself a "qualified lesbian"—isn't happy about Cynthia Nixon's Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The former Sex and the City star supported rival Bill de Blasio when Quinn ran for mayor in 2013. Nixon... More »

Trump Jr. Isn't Ruling Out a Future Political Career

But he says he won't run for NY governor in 2018

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr., rumored to be eyeing a move to follow his father's footsteps into politics, will not be a candidate for governor of New York next year but is not ruling out a possible run for office in the future. The younger Trump, in an interview Monday with... More »

Rent Is Too Damn High Guy Switches to GOP

Jimmy McMillan has had it with sucky Dems, wants to help GOP

(Newser) - Once upon a time, the rent was too damn high, but now the Democrats are just too damn sucky for Jimmy McMillan. The colorful onetime gubernatorial candidate is now a registered Republican, he tells Sal Gentile of PBS, mostly because "the Democratic Party sucked." And he's expanding his... More »

7 Governor's Races to Watch

Republicans poised for huge redistricting advantage

(Newser) - Governor’s seats are up for grabs in 37 states today, and Republicans look poised to win loads of them—which could have a profound impact when it comes time to redraw district lines . This Huffington Post tally shows 29 seats held by or leaning toward Republicans, to 16 for... More »

'Rent Is Too Damn High' Guy Doesn't Pay Rent

Or so he says, despite saying something different yesterday

(Newser) - The guy who claims the rent is too high ( too DAMN high, sorry ) in New York doesn't actually pay rent himself, reports the New York Times . Jimmy McMillan is running on the "Rent is Too Damn High" platform, despite not having paid rent himself for at least... More »

7 Would-Be Governors Join Farcical NY Debate

Former madam, Rent is Too Damn High candidate stand out in crowded field

(Newser) - Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino didn't even mention each other and there were more jokes than personal attacks in the first, and possibly last, debate in the New York governor's race. No fewer than seven hopefuls joined the debate, including former brothel madam Kirstin Davis of the Anti-Prohibition Party, former... More »

Anti-Abortion Paladino Rents to Planned Parenthood

Candidate says lease left him no choice

(Newser) - Carl Paladino's distaste for man-on-man action didn't stop him renting to a gay club , and his firm anti-abortion views haven't stopped him collecting rent checks from Planned Parenthood. The New York candidate—who says he opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest—is the landlord for a Niagara... More »

Paladino Defends Remarks on Gays

It's just that he doesn't want kids exposed to 'disgusting' grinding in Speedos

(Newser) - Carl Paladino may have implied yesterday that homosexuality is not as “valid or successful” as heterosexuality, but that’s only because being gay is “a very, very ugly experience for those that are discriminated against,” he explains today. “And it shouldn’t be. Our society should... More »

Paladino: Cuomo Has 'Legendary' Sex Life

Video attempts to explain Post fight

(Newser) - Carl Paladino didn't mean to say opponent Andrew Cuomo had an affair—what he was really trying to say is that Cuomo is a sex god. In a three-minute YouTube video posted yesterday, Paladino attempts to explain the near-violent fight he had with New York Post reporter Fred Dicker (you... More »

2010: It's a Race to the Bottom

Alvin Greene, Meg Whitman, Christine O'Donnell, oh my!

(Newser) - The crazies have come pouring out of the woodwork, writes Gail Collins in a survey of the 2010 election landscape. Sure, not much is new about Carl Paladino and Andrew Cuomo frustrating New Yorkers' simple dream "of having a governor whose sex life is a complete mystery," but... More »

Paladino's Rage: It's Becoming a Problem

His anger may be hurting, not helping, his candidacy

(Newser) - In a political season defined by anger, Carl Paladino's rage stands out, says the New York Times . Though some say he's merely tapping into voter dissatisfaction, others think the racist-email-sending , mud-slinging , reporter-fighting candidate for NY governor has taken things too far—including, apparently, members of his own party. “I’... More »

Paladino Drops Cuomo Affair Claim

'It's not that I was accusing him,' says gubernatorial candidate

(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... More »

Paladino Accuses Cuomo of Having Affair

GOP candidate almost comes to blows with reporter demanding proof

(Newser) - Candidate Carl Paladino yesterday predicted that the New York's governor's race will get nastier, and then proceeded to fulfill that prediction. The Republican alleged that his rival, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, had been unfaithful to his ex-wife, Robert Kennedy's daughter Kerry Kennedy. "Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours... More »

Carl Paladino Still Must Explain His Racist Emails

Bob Herbert: New Yorkers deserve to hear much more about his views

(Newser) - Carl Paladino's camp has dismissed the controversy over his forwarding of racist, sexist, and pornographic emails as "bad judgment." Not nearly good enough, writes Bob Herbert at the New York Times . After all, the man is running for New York governor, and "the images and videos are... More »

Rick Lazio Drops Third Party Bid for NY Governor

Conservative Party to endorse Carl Paladino

(Newser) - Rick Lazio has dropped his Conservative Party bid for New York governor, the New York Times reports. Republican officials had been pressuring Lazio, their original pick to top their ticket, to remove his name from the ballot ever since his defeat at the hands of tea partier Carl Paladino in... More »

Carl Paladino's Wife Opens Up on Love Child

Catherine speaks of losing a son, learning about husband's daughter

(Newser) - Catherine Paladino is nothing if not the reluctant politician's wife, which makes her interview with the New York Post , in which "she brushed tears from her right eye every few minutes, no matter the topic at hand," a notable one among the recent avalanche of stories about husband... More »

Today's Poll: Paladino 24%, Cuomo 57%

Sees momentum for Tea Partier, much greater distance to close

(Newser) - Andrew Cuomo must not know which end is up these days: Just yesterday, a Quinnipiac poll had GOP nominee Carl Paladino "within shouting distance" of the governor's mansion with 43% to Cuomo's 49%. But a Siena poll out today puts those numbers at a much more distant 24%... More »

Paladino 'Within Shouting Distance' in NY Gov Race

Cuomo at 49%; Tea Partier at 43%

(Newser) - Apparently anyone can be New York governor these days. Proof? Carl Paladino —you know, the Tea Party candidate who likes email jokes about bestiality and recently questioned opponent Andrew Cuomo ’s manhood—is “within shouting distance” of beating Cuomo, says a Quinnipiac pollster. “And—you can... More »

Cuomo Fumes Over 'A**hole' Tea Partier

Political scion not entirely sure how to fight wacky Carl Paladino

(Newser) - Andrew Cuomo isn’t exactly sure how to fight back against his Tea Party opponent Carl Paladino, who yesterday sent out a letter less-than-subtly questioning his manhood . “If a guy says you have no cojones, how do you punch him back, call him an asshole?” Cuomo fumed in a... More »

Paladino to Cuomo: C'Mon, Be a Man

Tea Partier writes scathing letter to Democrat

(Newser) - As love letters go, Andrew Cuomo's probably gotten better: Tea Partier Carl Paladino, recent upset winner of the GOP's gubernatorial nod, took the gloves off to write New York's attorney general a scathing note in which he invited "Dear Andrew" to "for the first time in your life... More »

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