Carl Paladino warned a couple days ago that the gubernatorial race between himself and Andrew Cuomo was "going to get nastier." And lo and behold, a couple adulterous claims and journalist altercations later, we now have ourselves a regular Nostradamadino. But despite his own forewarnings, last night's incident with Post reporter Fred Dicker seems to have riled up the already riled up candidate. In a ranty statement defending Paladino today, official campaign bull dog Michael Caputo tore into Dicker and the Post. And in the aftermath of the incident, Paladino may file trespassing charges against a team of Post photographers who took "close-range" shots of his love child.
In the screed, Caputo claims that the Post “put Carl Paladino’s daughter in harm’s way, susceptible to kidnapping or sexual predators," singling out Dicker, who he said "has demonstrated his bias in this campaign from the beginning.” The Post's editor-in-chief Col Allen shot back what did you expect: Paladino “should not be surprised by the media’s interest in his families, as he has invited public scrutiny of his personal life by running for governor and speaking openly about his mistress and love child.” Burn.
According to the Buffalo News, the whole mess truly got underway last Friday, when Paladino received a call that a photographer, videographer and reporter from the Post were on the lawn of his ex-mistresses house (those pesky Post photogs!). He hastily had an off-the-record conversation with reporters, telling them to back off, or he would cut off access to his campaign. On Sunday, he was told photographers were back, and snooping around the mail as well. "We tried to deal with this like gentlemen," Caputo said, referring to the off-the-record conversation. Paladino is now threatening to sue.
Allan rejected the notion that it was Post reporters at his house: "We can only assume Mr. Caputo is confusing our photographer with someone else. Mr. Caputo should check his facts before making charges against Post personnel." Caputo and Team Paladino responded in turn: "Fred Dicker is responsible for assigning the photographer to take photos of Carl's 10 year old daughter and I have that on confirmation of two Post employees. I asked Fred to confirm that last night; he lied to my face." As for Paladino's current whereabouts, Caputo couldn't help but get his attack-dog on: "Carl has returned to Buffalo to console his upset daughter. The Post photographers are gone. But will Mr. Dicker, who has no children, publish the photos? That is Carl’s main concern."