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Dicker: Paladino Seems Obsessed With Cuomo’s Member

8 Oct

There’s no love lost between Carl Paladino and the New York Post’s Fred Dicker, as one might imagine.  Dicker’s reaction to Paladino’s 5:13 to Nowhere speech is here.  This part is interesting:

Cuomo learned of Paladino’s latest “prowess” jab while he was with his 12-year-old daughter, Michaela, and he reacted with anger, a source close to the family said.

“Can you believe what this guy just did?” said the source. “It’s insulting, it’s hurtful, it’s crazy, it’s not strategic, in that it can’t help his campaign.”

That sounded a lot like what Roger Stone, a key Paladino adviser, had been saying, too.

“Any discussion of extramarital affairs, divorces, girlfriends, that’s not what the voters want to hear,” Stone, a notorious political dirty trickster, told NY1.

When Stone starts sounding like the reasonable one, you know a campaign has gone far astray.

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When Did Fred Dicker Stop Beating his Kids?

3 Oct

The website’s registration information is blocked behind a Portuguese anonymizer, so there’s no way of knowing who created this, but the “Fred Dicker Lies” website is a clumsy, fascistic call to harass a journalist for doing his job. (I won’t link to it.)

Regardless of what you think about who “started” the Paladino/Dicker imbroglio, it’s a story that’s been played out in all media for the better part of the last week.  It’s been analyzed to death, and morphed into a story about Cuomo’s fidelity during his remote marriage to a Kennedy daughter.

The problem for the Paladino camp is that “marital fidelity” is absolutely not a door it wants to open any more widely than it already has.  One is free to speculate that the press has just scratched the surface of Paladino’s peccadilloes.

But who’s the real victim in all of this?  Is it Carl Paladino?  Certainly not – he has used his relationship and child with Suzanne Brady as a campaign issue, bringing it out himself as proof of his human flaws and ultimate responsibility.

No, the only people victimized by this entire sordid week have been Andrew Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy, and their children.  Cuomo hasn’t trotted his kids or paramours out to the press to prove something.  Indeed, there’s no proof of Cuomo’s infidelity when he was married, and Cuomo hasn’t made his love life – or, more importantly, Carl Paladino’s love life – a campaign issue.  Paladino – recklessly and without proof – accused Cuomo of being unfaithful, going so far as to say he knows the names of “three of the four”.  Prove it, Carl.  Bring out the names.  Trot these unsuspecting women out so they can be questioned and vetted.  Stand by them, and explain to them why you’ve destroyed their lives in an effort to get elected.

Just like a politician.

The teabaggers, with their typical lack of comprehension and smarts, have decided that the real villain is … the librul meedya.  Instead of suggesting that lonely white men and women park their tan Buicks in Andrew Cuomo’s neighborhood to picket his house, they’re suggesting instead that they harass … the New York Post’s Fred Dicker. It’s being promoted by an Albany group of teabaggers:

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It’s also being promoted by a Suffolk County teabagging group.  My favorite line from that post is:

WE MUST TELL FRED DICKER NOT TO PUBLISH THE PHOTOS OF CARL’S CHILD.

Well, why bother? Carl introduced his daughter to the crowd at a Watkins Glen teabagging rally. He discussed her openly with the Buffalo News when they did their “introducing Carl Paladino” story in April. It’s why Paladino hasn’t been shy in getting press for his wife in an effort to humanize him.  He made the infidelity an issue. So, now it is.

But what this all amounts to is some very specific:

The Paladino Cult of Personality among the Teabaggers: Because they are mad as hell, and Carl is mad as hell, they have taken him on as the king of their misguided movement.  Carl can do no wrong, and they hang on his every word like it’s Jonestown.

If Carl says Dicker sent a photographer to harass his daughter, his followers take that as gospel truth and there must be counteraction. Of course, Dicker sent no photographer to Paladino’s former girlfriend’s home to harass and trespass. Someone might have, but not a legitimate daily newspaper.  Dicker writes about Albany politics – not human interest bonus family stuff.  Dicker’s denied it.  The Post has denied it.  No one’s published any such photos, nor would they dare – if they exist, they’re the product of harassment and trespassing.  They’d be pictures no one needs to see, taken of an innocent minor.  No legitimate press would do, or publish, that.  No campaign could gain anything by doing that or releasing that image.  To suggest otherwise is insane.

Here’s a quote from the Buffalo News:

*Paladino drove to the house to “shoo” the Post team away. Caputo said the photographer had the lens of her camera up to the window of the house and was taking pictures of the inside.

The only photographs of Suzanne Brady that the Post has published were taken by a male photographer, Christopher Sadowski.

If someone followed my kid to the playground and photographed her – if someone pointed a lens through my windows to photograph my kid – I’d call 911 immediately. If the Brady household’s privacy was similarly invaded, and their property trespassed-upon, I’d assume that there’s a 911 call to the BPD.  If there isn’t…

But the teabaggers will goon up at Dicker’s home and picket him, because the best way to combat a supposed, unconfirmed invasion of privacy is to invade Dicker’s privacy.

Paladino Campaign In Full Walkback – Damage Control Mode

1 Oct

The reason Andrew Cuomo doesn’t get questions from the press about his affairs is that there is no evidence of any affairs, and he hasn’t pre-emptively brought out a story about a love-child.

The reason Andrew Cuomo doesn’t get questions about his love-child, is because he didn’t impregnate a woman not his wife and deceive her about it for a decade.

The reason Andrew Cuomo doesn’t get questions about his love life is that he hasn’t made his love-life an issue about his values.

Riffing off something Marc posted last night, when I first saw Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo’s statement to the press regarding the Dicker dustup, my initial reaction was that it was uncharacteristically long and surprisingly defensive.  Paladino was donning a mantle of victimhood after going around for six months practically calling anyone who comes into contact with him a mother f*cker.

He’s also crying foul over the statewide press researching and writing stories about an extended family that Carl has trotted out into the public spotlight himself.  The glowing profile pieces on his wife and the campaign’s own discussion of Carl’s affair and extramarital child were manufactured by the campaign itself, most likely in the hopes that it would be a pre-emptive strike, the messaging of which they could control.

As Marc points out, and I picked up on during last night’s late news, Paladino’s camp is now denying that Paladino accused Cuomo of serial infidelity during his marriage to Kerry Kennedy – a marriage that ended because Kennedy had an extramarital affair, fell in love with another man, and moved out.  It was a divorce process that was very heavily reported on when it happened 7-8 years ago after Cuomo’s failed run for Governor.

Watch the entire walkback attempt from last night, courtesy of Channel 2 – and note especially how Paladino responds to a probing question from WBEN’s Steve Cichon, and accuses him also of being on the Cuomo payroll and a Cuomo “bird-dog”.  Aside from the Buffalo News, there are no friendlier mainstream news outlets to Carl Paladino’s candidacy than the New York Post and WBEN.  He’s managed to accuse them both of being in Cuomo’s employ.  That’s madness.

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Carl was on Channel 2 News last night explaining earnestly to Bob McCarthy and Dave McKinley that he lashed out at Dicker because he was confused – he hadn’t accused Cuomo of anything!  He was sad that Dicker wasn’t asking the same stuff of Cuomo!

Paladino now also insists the whole confrontation was rooted in a misunderstanding, which began when Dicker overheard a remark Paladino made to another reporter, in which he thought he’d heard Paladino say Cuomo had an extramarital affair.

Dicker began demanding that Paladino produce proof of the allegation.

“I get questioned constantly by the press about my life, about my personal life. They ask me questions about infidelity, …about everything,” Paladino explained.

“And I said (to another reporter) ‘why doesn’t Andrew Cuomo ever get these questions? Why doesn’t he get a question about whether or not he’s had any infidelities?’ And that’s where the remark came from. Dicker took it out of context and went and presented it as though I made an accusations against Andrew Cuomo. I did not.”

And though Paladino can be heard in the confrontation several times telling Dicker he would provide proof of his claims “when it’s appropriate”, today he said he really didn’t know or realize what Dicker was asking about when the confrontation began.

No, no, no.  Nice try, Carl, but that’s a lie.

First of all, the CBS 6 video clearly shows Dicker asking Carl – calmly and repeatedly – about his allegation about Cuomo’s affair and where his proof was.  Carl began flipping his lid and changing the subject, like a guy who got caught in a lie.

Before Carl got all in Dicker’s face, the story all day had been the buzz surrounding this Politico article, aptly titled, “Carl Paladino alleges Andrew Cuomo affair

“Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours?” Paladino told POLITICO, as campaign manager Michael Caputo chimed in, “when he was married.”

Paladino continued, “When he was married — or asked him why his wife left him or threw him out of the house? Has anybody ever done that?” he demanded. “What are they doing intruding on my life?”

This is typical teabagger/Roger Stone dirty tricks.  Make an offhanded, unsubstantiated, likely false accusation, and demand that the targeted candidate deny it.  Cuomo would generally be caught with two bad choices – remaining silent, allowing the insane ranting candidate to wonder why Cuomo won’t answer the question, or answer the libel and give credence and attention to Paladino.  After all, Carl didn’t repeat to Dicker, “we’ll release it at the appropriate time” without knowing what he was talking about.  He didn’t make the accusation to Politico’s Maggie Haberman just out of the clear blue sky, as evidenced by Caputo’s interjection.

This was planned.

Paladino made the comments to POLITICO after some of his aides had made similar intimations for days, though none so direct.

He spoke Tuesday mid-afternoon from a hotel where he was staying near Midtown Manhattan, in a wide-ranging interview that touched on his reaction to the coverage of his daughter. Paladino, who was married with three kids at the time of her birth, had had an affair with her mother.

Paladino, a developer, discussed his daughter with the Buffalo News when he declared his candidacy before the summer, and the campaign made his wife, Cathy, available for a string of interviews in the past week in which she was asked about the young girl.

Asked about the coverage, Paladino grew visibly angry and said, “My daughter is off limits.”

Paladino’s attempts to walk back the false and baseless accusations of a distant Cuomo affair are poor, and this is the second time his campaign has been caught without a good explanation for something.  Given the Marist poll that was released a couple of days ago showing that almost half of all New Yorkers don’t think Carl is fit to be governor, a lot is resting on the debate(s).

And about those debates – Paladino’s pugilist attitude may be winning him tough-guy fans, but when it comes to debates, they display whether the candidates have a well-articulated plan to make New York better.  If Carl comes across like an unpolished turd who just calls people mother f*ckers and repeats his baseball-bat-to-cut-taxes meme over and over, Cuomo will mop the floor with him. Also, quite clearly, Cuomo has an opportunity here to set Carl off on a rant that will frankly make him seem like an unstable lunatic.

Yesterday marked the first time since we released the emails that Carl Paladino had to explain himself, go on the defensive, and do some damage control.  As it turns out, he and his team aren’t as good at the whole contrition thing as they are at the whole calling-Joy-Behar-a-menopausal-old-bat thing.

The Complete Dicker/Paladino Confrontation

30 Sep

CBS 6 from Albany has the complete video of Carl Paladino going from slow burn to volcanic in mere seconds; this adds much more context to what happened than the cell phone video from last night.  It shows Dicker asking Paladino a very simple question.  Specifically, Dicker asks Cuomo what evidence he has that Cuomo had had extramarital affairs while married to his ex-wife, and whether or not making that accusation is going into the “gutter”.

Paladino refuses to give a straight answer – because he has no such evidence.  Instead, he changes the subject to the as-yet unproven suggestion that NY Post reporters and photographers invaded the privacy of Suzanne Brady and her 10 year-old daughter by Paladino.

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Carl responded today with Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight:

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Frankly, Carl doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  Fred Dicker isn’t complicit with Cuomo or working in concert with the Cuomo campaign, and for Paladino to suggest that is absolutely insane.  Apart from the quiet Buffalo News, the New York Post is potentially the best media friend Paladino could expect to have in this state.  But because Paladino is too busy fighting with everybody and everything, he’s just throwing around accusations blindly.  When the whole thing blows up in his arrogant face, Carl backs up to “I’m not politically correct”.

Sometimes, it’s not about being politically correct.  It’s about being an adult and responding like an adult to adult questions from reporters.

And I don’t buy the photographs-through-the-window story for a second.  What possible value would those photographs have to the New York Post?

Anyhow, here are some cute bears having the same argument:

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Some Audio for a Tuesday

13 Apr

The New York Post’s Fred Dicker on WBEN this morning, discussing Paladino’s political prospects:


Me speaking with Shredd & Ragan on WEDG this afternoon about the Paladino imbroglio:

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Carl Paladino calling in to Shredd & Ragan’s show later in the afternoon, defiant and insisting he’s still in the race.

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And in case you didn’t see it, Murdoch’s right-wing, tea-friendly New York Post ripped into Paladino today.

One video, which showed a purported beauty queen having sex, was praised by Paladino as “a keeper.” Another, showing a woman engaged in oral sex, was labeled: “This is talent.”

Pretty classy, huh?

Um, no.

Sure, it’s hard to control an e-mail in-box. The “forward” button, on the other hand, doesn’t push itself.

Paladino sounds like a low-rent version of Eliot “Client 9” Spitzer.

And this isn’t the first embarrassment for Paladino, who formally launched his statehouse bid last week.

After he roundly denounced Gov. Paterson’s admitted infidelities as evidence of Albany corruption, it emerged that Paladino had himself fathered a daughter in an extramarital affair with one of his employees.

Late yesterday, Paladino’s campaign issued a statement denouncing disclosure of the e-mails as a “liberal Democrat blog smear.”

That is, it’s all somebody else’s fault.

And we thought Carl Paladino was supposed to be a stand-up guy.

Guess not.

Watch as the alleged “thick skin” becomes dramatically thinner as the week marches on.

Scam-Making

27 Mar

If you wanted to know how disgraced Buffalo developer and current Niagara Falls developer Frank Parlato can fund his various schemes, consider this, from an article in the New York Post.

In an e-mail about the real-estate deal, one of Raniere’s closest advisers, Kristin Keeffe, revealed that Parlato was being paid $1 million by the group to wrest control of the project from Plyam.

How does a Frank Parlato find himself a millionaire?

Clare and Sara Bronfman, heirs to the Seagrams fortune, are caught up in NXIVM – a group that is commonly referred to as a cult, run by a person named Keith Raniere. Their father, Edgar, desperately wants them out of NXIVM.

NXIVM, based in Albany, sponsored a recent visit to that city by the Dalai Lama. Several local people who associate with Parlato got to travel to see the Dalai Lama speak last year.

From an expose in the Times-Union:

The case is Precision Development LLC vs. Yuri Plyam, a claim first brought two years ago by NXIVM principals. The initial suit alleged Plyam embezzled some of $26 million the Bronfman sisters had invested in a failed real estate venture in which Plyam was supposed to manage the construction of residential homes around Los Angeles.

Plyam had been Raniere’s commodities trader, the motion says. Plyam countersued, and the case has become a complicated argument involving him, Raniere, other NXIVM leaders and the Bronfmans.

In Plyam’s countersuit, in which the new complaint emerges, his attorney seeks to highlight Raniere, portray him as a commodities market loser and list him as a defendant.

Evidently, Raniere was involved in some sort of commodities/real estate scheme with the Plyams, but had allegedly run out of money; no less than $100 million, much of it from the Bronfman sisters. The Post story alleges that Raniere wanted to cut the Plyams out of the deal, and paid Parlato $1 million to pose as a representative of Edgar Bronfman to the Plyams in an effort to remove them from the deal.

Parlato’s goal was to convince Plyam that Bronfman wanted to buy into the real-estate deal and cut Raniere out, the papers allege.

Parlato told Plyam that Bronfman “had been trying to get the girls out of the cult for a long time,” and that getting in on the construction project would allow the old man to keep an eye on his — and his daughters’ — investment, according to the documents.
Plyam believed Parlato, who continually disparaged the “destructive” Raniere and said Bronfman was desperate to “get his daughters out of NXIVM.”

“The father feels that Raniere took advantage of his babies,” Parlato told Plyam, according to the legal documents.

In reality, Parlato — who in the 1990s was accused by Buffalo-area lawmakers of running a housing scam — was working for Raniere, another set of court papers claim.

Naturally, as you might expect, it was Steve Pigeon who introduced Parlato to NXIVM.

It’s a tangled web indeed, and one that is being played out in court right now. But the allegation of affirmative fraud and misrepresentation is shocking.