Between the attack ads, love children and background checks, tensions have been steadily escalating between Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino in Crazyfest 2010, so it was only a matter of time before someone's kettle boiled. And so it was yesterday in Lake George when Paladino got into an altercation during a Q and A with Post State Editor Fred Dicker. Dicker wanted to see evidence for claims Paladino made in an interview with Politco that Cuomo had cheated on his wife; Paladino shot back that he wasn't happy with the way Dicker and the Post have been reporting on his love child. "I want to know why you sent your goons after my daughter, Fred. You send another goon to my daughter's house and I'll take you out, buddy!" Paladino yelled (you can see the video from ABC below).
Paladino's campaign managing-attack dog Michael Caputo separated the two, and sent Paladino to the men's room to calm down, while he confronted Dicker: “Fred, you’re out of line, you’re off the Christmas card list.” (a reference to criticism from The View earlier this week). Caputo and Dicker have an uncomfortable stand-off; Caputo accuses Dicker of working for Cuomo, calling him a "terrible journalist" and "such a biased person." Dicker eventually leaves, and Paladino reappears to finish the Q and A, referring to the confrontation: "I don't send bird dogs to do my dirty work."
Politicians are fond of using euphemisms such as "slinging mud" to insult their opponents, but if you ever wanted to know what it really looked like, here it is in all it's grainy cellphone glory.