Have you been getting worried that all of that anti-NYC bad mouthing Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has been spouting lately may hurt his campaign? Don't worry. It's all part of the plan. "Part of his campaign has been to mobilize the angry upstate electorate and pit upstate versus downstate. I think you will see more of it," said Buffalo Assemblyman Sam Hoyt.
Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo denies any such strategy exists: "Carl has come to an important realization after traveling across this state for six months: this upstate-versus-downstate stuff is all bull, just an excuse from our legislators who don't do their jobs," he told the Daily News. But maybe he's not fueled by a NY State divide; maybe he's fueled by pure rage. And that pure rage is filtered through his Tea Party supporters, who carried him to victory over Rick Lazio last Tuesday. "There is no question, Paladino is a divining rod for anger. He can find it anyplace, and that is what he is working off," said Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf.
At the very least, his rage-filled campaign has piqued the interest of FoxNews, who profile the violently straight-talking businessman this weekend. In it, Paladino contends that the age of political correctness is over, and he is just a member of the Tea Party, not one of its leaders. Which sounds a little bit like another sith padawan with bad eyeliner, doesn't it?