Carl Paladino’s Image Problem

10.19.10 | Bob Price | Comments[3]

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Let’s face it – politics is a dirty business. In all my years of covering politics, I’ve never seen such fist-to-cuffs campaigning as the current contest for NY governor. Carl Paladino and Andrew Cuomo routinely hit below the belt in their struggle to assume to the highest office in the most dysfunctional state in America.

In one corner, a fly-below-the-radar, die-hard liberal who will likely become the states’ next governor without barely lifting a finger. In the other corner, A tea-party backed Buffalo businessman who says what he thinks, often to his own detriment.

Paladino’s politics resonate with values-voters, and common sense conservatives. His “outsider” persona is a breath of fresh air in the putrid cesspool that is Albany politics. I don’t even mind the “baseball bat” analogy so long as it remains figurative. Anger may not be a management tool, but it is the emotion that best sums up the electorate and any candidate who forgets that this fall, does so at risk of their own political peril.

Paladino’s political schizophrenia, however has probably cost him this election. His apology for suggesting that children are being brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is a valid lifestyle outraged the very voting block he could not afford to lose. The irony in all of this of course, is that when he should have apologized for losing his cool with a reporter – he didn’t. And when he should “not” have apologized for speaking his mind about homosexuality, he did.

If I were Carl Paladino’s campaign manager – I’d be looking for another line of work, right about now. The hard lesson Carl Paladino will learn from the 2010 campaign is that candidates cannot abandon their convictions. It may have been that Paladino’s personality got in the way of his politics and that is something he can’t blame on anyone but himself.


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on 10.22.10 Jeff commented

I agree - Carl Paladino may stand for my values - but I don't trust his temperment. In politics, it's not enough to be on the right side of the issues - you must be cool under fire - and I don't trust this guy as far as I could throw him !!!

on 10.22.10 Andrew commented

After watching the debate on Monday night - I can't vote for Paladino - he came across as very unsure of himself, inept, and incoherent. He would not make a very good governor in my opinion. Too bad - because he has some good ideas.

on 10.23.10 ANN commented

Carl is the "new kid on the block" when it comes to running for office. Andrew has done a really fantastic job in hitting him where he is most vunerable. Who would not react to reporters going after a little girl? The Cuomo campaign has more money & power!!!! Do people realize what Andrew represents? Look at the facts... he is directly linked to the middle class loosing their homes and 401k... Pay attention folks. Carl may not have the 'smooth appeal" that Andrew does yet he is for the working class..