Now that Teabaggers Tea Party Members are contenders in recent elections, politics is becoming ever-more exciting.
We have Christine O’Donnell, running for Senate in the state of Delaware, who “dabbled” in witchcraft, had a first date on a satanic alter, and lied about her educational background (her resume says she went to Oxford… really, she just studied at the Oxford campus of the Phoenix Institute).
Next we learn that California’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, knowingly employed an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper for nine years. Some people say she’s a hero for employing a poor migrant worker- illegal or not- for so many years at $23/hr. I would say that was very nice of her…
… if I wasn’t painfully aware of her public anti-immigration stance.
How arrogant of her, watching politicians much bigger, better and more powerful than she’s ever been, fall one by one, as they get caught in various scandals, and somehow believe that this time, things will be different. She thinks she’s the one that will get away with it?
My favorite, by far, however, would have to be the glorious (and sinfully delicious) battle for Governor in New York.
For the Democrats, we have Andrew Cuomo, and on the Republican ticket, Tea Party supported (and surprise candidate) Carl Paladino.
I’ve come to expect this sort of excitement on the Maury Povich show, but generally speaking, I don’t see it too often in the political arena.
Leave it to the New Yawkers to show us all how a dirty fight is really supposed to look!
Andrew Cuomo, it seems, is having a field day (actually this has been ongoing for several days now… but I digress) airing Carl Paladino’s dirty laundry for all to see.
Paladino had an extramarital affair several years ago that resulted in a daughter. His wife has forgiven him and accepted the child after their own son was killed in a car accident.
Mr. Paladino, who obviously doesn’t deny the affair, has hit back with some accusations of his own, claiming Cuomo has had plenty of his own “paramours” throughout the years.
Cuomo was married for 13 years to Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.
Paladino goes further, wondering aloud why no one has inquired as to why Mrs. Kennedy ultimately threw Cuomo out of their home, and why they eventually divorced.
Cuomo’s divorce from Kennedy was quite the scandal in 2003 when it occured, but the only thing we know for sure is that then-Mrs. Cuomo had a well-publicized affair with Bruce Colley, who I guess is some social muckety-muck in New York. At the time there were whispers, but no public allegations, involving Mr. Cuomo and any other women.
Unfortunately for Paladino, we know he cheated on his wifey, as he has both admitted to the affair and to fathering another woman’s baby. Doubly unfortunate, Mr. Paladino has yet to offer any evidence of his claims against Cuomo, though he says he will, eventually.
I’m going to raise a doubtful eyebrow here. If his wife couldn’t find such evidence with an entire army of high priced attorneys (and therefore the entire arsenal those attorneys had at their disposal), I’m thinking Paladino is just talkin’ more sh*t, and has nothing to back any of it up with.
Seems to me Mr. Cuomo may have gently reminded the state of New York about Paladino’s past indiscretion(s), and then sat back quietly to watch it all unfold…
… And unfold it did!
The press is going wild over the whole ordeal, and Paladino is adding fuel to fire.
The problem, it seems, is that he’s fanning the flames onto himself, and not his opponent.
He is beginning to be better known for his crazed outbursts in the media and his wacko campaign ads than he is for his policy.
Here’s an example, straight from Paladino’s camp:
Andrew Cuomo claims he’ll clean up Albany – his hometown where he has played the Albany insiders game for decades… First, as the brutal campaign manager for Mario Sr.’s governors election where he denigrated the Gay community. Later, as an advisor to his father in the Capitol where he bullied opponents daily with threats and hollow promises. Now, as Attorney General, he takes campaign contributions from those he regulates and gives Democrat fat-cats a pass when they violate the law. Clean up Albany? Start with Cuomo
The press release was accompanied by the following image:
I don’t know that this ad makes me question Cuomo’s ethics…
… But I sure do miss my Nintendo 64 and Super Mario Brothers!