The Paladinoists’ Attempted Assist

4 Nov

Rus Thompson hasn’t been relevant at all this campaign season – a first for the frequent candidate and tea party leader, especially in a county election year.

So, he went on the “Voice of Paladino” “News”Radio 930 to announce what was literally touted as “breaking news” over the apparent ballot tampering allegations stemming from the Board of Elections. The news? A person – whom Thompson didn’t identify – is offering a $5,000 reward towards the conviction of the guilty party/ies.

What I don’t get is, why won’t Rus name Carl Paladino as being behind this?

How do we know it’s Carl, or someone affiliated with Carl?

1. Rus Thompson’s sudden appearance – seemingly out of nowhere – in an ongoing effort to make this ballot tampering case into something bigger than it is. The Sheriff’s office said from day one that neither the Poloncarz nor the Collins campaigns had any knowledge or involvement in the tampering. The Collins campaign is behind, and it’s spooked, and it’s trying desperately to win through trickery because he can’t win on the issues or his record.

2. Paladino has been largely silent this election season, as well. Yet suddenly everyone on the Paladino campaign email list began receiving emails that look extraordinarily similar to those his campaign would send out in 2010. These emails cite cases of ballot tampering in Troy, NY and try to somehow link it to Cuomo, Lenihan, and Poloncarz viz. the tampering in the BOE. When I received them, I immediately suspected that Michael Caputo, Paladino’s campaign manager, was behind them. They mimic his style, they close with an East Aurora address, and they use the Paladino campaign apparatus/email list. I don’t know if it’s Caputo or Paladino (or both).

3. The evidence – I pulled up two emails. The first is a Paladino campaign email from October 30, 2010. Here are the full headers from that:

Received: by with SMTP id b14cs62443bks;
Sat, 30 Oct 2010 11:38:58 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by with SMTP id c30mr6007854agk.152.1288463937465;
Sat, 30 Oct 2010 11:38:57 -0700 (PDT)
Received: from pequod.localdomain ( [])
by with ESMTP id g9si8679218yha.3.2010.;
Sat, 30 Oct 2010 11:38:57 -0700 (PDT)
Received-SPF: neutral ( is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of client-ip=;
Authentication-Results:; spf=neutral ( is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of
Received: from [] (unknown [])
by pequod.localdomain (Postfix) with SMTP id B2B7CC0DAD
for ; Sat, 30 Oct 2010 14:38:44 -0400 (EDT)
Mime-Version: 1.0
From: Carl Paladino
To: “Buffalo Pundit”
Precedence: Bulk
Subject: From Carl’s iPhone
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2010 14:38:56 -0400
Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable

Compare those headers to these, from a recent email blast about the ballot tampering:

Received: by with SMTP id a1cs159308faw;
Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:11:30 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by with SMTP id d63mr9541772yhn.73.1320264689024;
Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:11:29 -0700 (PDT)
Received: from ( [])
by with ESMTP id q9si1766547ann.3.2011.;
Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:11:28 -0700 (PDT)
Received-SPF: pass ( domain of alert@buffalo*********.com designates as permitted sender) client-ip=;
Authentication-Results:; spf=pass ( domain of alert@buffalo********.com designates as permitted sender) smtp.mail=alert@buffalo********.com
Received: from [] (unknown [])
by (Postfix) with SMTP id 5E18143458
for ; Wed, 2 Nov 2011 16:11:56 -0400 (EDT)
Mime-Version: 1.0
From: Buffalo *******
To: “Buffalo Pundit”
Precedence: list
Subject: Troy-like Dem ballot scam… in Buffalo?
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 16:11:28 -0400
Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable
X-DKIM: OpenDKIM Filter v2.4.2 5E18143458

At the footer of the new email, this:

img src=3D”http://grasstopconcepts=2Ecom/e/8578/t=2Ephp?l=3D228&e=3Dbuffal=
opundit@gmail=2Ecom” height=3D1 border=3D0

The Paladino campaign emails and the current email effort to unfairly and falsely smear Mark Poloncarz with ballot tampering come from the same company – Grasstop Concepts using at IP When you click on the link in the ballot tampering email, this is what you see in the address bar for the split-second before it redirects:

Racist horse porn enthusiast Carl Paladino is trying to stay behind the scenes, playing dirty tricks, using Rus Thompson as his go-to surrogate to appear on “Radio Free Paladino” and try to make this into an issue. Why? Because their candidate – Chris Collins – is losing, and will lose, next Tuesday. They’re pulling out all the stops to try and make this into an issue on election day, but the Republican Collins-ally Sheriff’s Office has already absolved both campaigns from any involvement.

All done story. Nice try, though!

5 Responses to “The Paladinoists’ Attempted Assist”

  1. DJ November 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I have seen Caputo comment on here before… any statement Mike?

  2. Ward November 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Strange that there appears no effort on the part of this site to engage in its usual thorough investigative reporting to determine the source of the pre-marked ballots (hint: “Ark-may Avin-glay”) and sleuth out for whom he thought he was acting.

    I guess it’s just more fun to try to find out who is acting on behalf of whom to “out” the culprit. Or perhaps it’s just less messy for the Democratic Elections Board hackerama if the world doesn’t know that the culprit is one of them.

    • Marc Odien November 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

      Ward, I spent a few hours today trying to move the ballot story forward. Unfortunately it’s pretty cut and dry

  3. michaelrcaputo November 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Fair enough, DJ. I read this blog daily and agree with the authors more than I don’t. The CE race and ballot fraud is one of those differences.

    It isn’t Carl; we don’t work together anymore. And grasstopconcepts? I called to ask and they have 38 campaign clients in the US this cycle. I introduced them to Carl and they’ve not talked to him since Election Day 2010. Me? I’ve worked with them for 25 years.

    But Alan is right to wonder and Romeo Oscar in his back-of-the-envelope investigation. Email signatures are worth looking into and can lead you in the right direction. But Carl Paladino is not the result.

    This is true: Rus is a “Paladinoist” today and so was I last year. (It doesn’t wash off so easy, you know.)

    WNY Media made my life hell for nine months. I know when I’ve met my match and when respect is due. Part of respect is reading with an open mind.

  4. Dick McIntyre November 9, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Whatever happened to the warrant(s) that was/were out on Rus Thompson (or whatever his real name is)?

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