Paladino: Uh, what smear??
By Brendan Scott|New York Post
ALBANY — Carl Paladino beat a hasty retreat last night and insisted he never intended to smear gubernatorial rival Andrew Cuomo with allegations of infidelity.
The Tea Party-backed Republican told his hometown paper that his remarks had been misunderstood.
He said he meant only to question coverage of his own extramarital escapade when he urged a reporter for Politico.com to ask Cuomo “about his paramours.”
“I’m sick and tired of people asking me about if I’ve had affairs,” Paladino told The Buffalo News last night.
“I was talking to [Politico] and said, ‘Why don’t you ask Andrew Cuomo if he has had extramarital affairs?’ It’s not that I was accusing him.”
The about-face came after a heated confrontation between Paladino and Post state editor Fredric U. Dicker, and the candidate’s repeated promises to release evidence proving Cuomo cheated on then-wife Kerry Kennedy.
Paladino spokesman Michael Caputo told the Buffalo paper that the candidate misspoke by telling The Post he would produce proof “at the appropriate time.”
The GOP bomb-thrower said as much himself yesterday afternoon when asked what evidence he had to back up his innuendo.
“When we’re good and ready, we will furnish that,” Paladino told the upstate cable news network YNN.
The flare-up began on Wednesday when Politico.com quoted Paladino saying, “Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours? When he was married. Or asked him why his wife left him or threw him out of the house? Has anybody ever done that? What are they doing intruding in my life?”