September 30th, 2010
08:18 AM ET
8 years ago

NY governor candidate to reporter: 'I'll take you out'

(CNN) - A confrontation Wednesday night between New York gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino and a reporter threatened to turn physical.

The dustup was captured in an exclusive cellphone video by CNN affiliate YNN Albany. It began with New York Post statehouse columnist Fred Dicker pressing Paladino to back up an explosive allegation he made to the Politico website Wednesday that his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, had taken "paramours" during his marriage to Kerry Kennedy.

"Do you have any evidence of the charge you made?"

"You'll get it at the appropriate time. You're not entitled to it," retorted Paladino, who then derided Dicker as Cuomo's "stalking horse" and "bird dog."

The confrontation escalated from there.

"You send another goon to my daughter's house and I'll take you out, buddy," an apparent reference to the Post's coverage of a daughter Paladino had out of wedlock.

Dicker shot back: "You gonna take me out?"


"How you gonna do that?"

"Watch," Paladino ended with, before walking off.

The Post declined to comment on the altercation. The Paladino camp did not immediately return a request for comment. Nor did the Cuomo camp.

Filed under: 2010 • Carl Paladino • New York
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. MaryAngeline

    This guy, Paladino, sounds like an old time Mafia boss. Can't imagine he is the Repub candidate!!

    September 30, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Anonymous

    This guy should be investigated. He sounds like a member of the mafia!

    September 30, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. pa mom

    I wish the politicians would bring back civility to campaigning and leave the mud slinging out of it. Campaign on the issues facing this country. Both sides have examples of "affairs" right up to Pres Clinton. Slinging mud shows just as much a lack of character as not honoring your marriage vows.

    September 30, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Angelica

    Paldino thinks that money can buy everything and everyone, he can insult people, he can call them names, and he doesn't have to answer for anything to anyone. I have great respect for Americans, because they will not choose a rich dirt bag to buy their future.

    September 30, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    A typical Tea Party thug. If Paladino had some facts about Cuomo, why didn't he just tell the reporter? Because he lied and didn't have any facts.

    September 30, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. FM

    This man Paladino is the disgrace. I can't really stand this man. I wonder why the reporter did not bite his finger which he was wagging in his face!

    September 30, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    Is it just me, or do we have more than the normal quota of lunatics running for office this year?

    September 30, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. gt

    heck i would vote for him just for the way he stood up to that slug....wish he had a lot more politians like that with some balls.

    September 30, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. rdepontb

    Pure class, New York. Be careful what you wish for! This guy isn't even under budget, union, infrastructure-failure, weather, etc. stressors, yet he's acting out like a little kid who doesn't want to dress for school.

    September 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. NYCitizen

    C'Mon CNN! And the rest of the media, too! You are going to try to put Paladino in the worst light possible and attempt to push the people of New York into voting for Cuomo. Guess what? I don't think that is going to happen. New York is ripe for change, even if it means one-term governor Paladino! He may be rude, crude, belligerant, NOT politically correct, but he ain't no different than the rest of us New Yorkers! AND he doesn't seem to suck up to anybody, or whine or blame anybody else for his own missteps. No more Bushes, no more Clintons, no more Cuomos! NO MORE POLITICAL FAMILY DYNASTIES!!!

    September 30, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Oneyedjack

    Well, obviously, that's the real Carl Paladino taking. "I'll take you out." Is this guy 'made' or is he just overdosed on Soprano reruns?

    September 30, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. CK in MN

    Tea Party candidates.............not ready for prime time.

    September 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Michael

    this guy is insane

    September 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Heywood Jablowme Carl

    Just give this lowlife goomba enough rope and he'll surely hang himself.

    September 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Big Dave

    If some scumbag like Dicker went to my daughters house and videotaped her through her bedroom window, i would also threaten to "Take Them Out". Dicker works for Andrew Cuomo.

    September 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Rob

    Why are so many Republicans mentally unstable?

    September 30, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Now THAT is the kind of political muscle we need!!!
    Rub out anyone who questions, eliminate anyone who disagrees.

    SERIOUSLY, how much more do you need to recognize this guy as a common thug, ready and willing to engage any means to get WHAT HE WANTS, there is no reason to believe that he will do anything for anyone who cannot pay for it.

    September 30, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. drown_the_T_party

    Paladino is a loose cannon... A total extremist wing-nut. How he became the Republican nominee is not only alarming, but also suspect.

    September 30, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Good job voters

    These are the candidates voters are putting forth for our most important government official positions? Absolutely frightening!

    September 30, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Ed Garfield

    Paladino is mentally unbalanced. Between him and his campaign advisors, it is more like an organized crime group.

    September 30, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Pray for NYS my fellow Americans. This is going to be very ugly, we the voters get to choose between two extremes for Govenor. Niether have the best interests of the people in mind, both have over bloated egos and both are corrupt to the core.
    Where are the honest hard working people of leadership? Oh that's right who in their right mind would want to be part of this state's government?
    I'm voting this Nov. and I'm not voting for either of these two Bozos. Third party all the way this election for Govenor.

    September 30, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. A True Centrist

    What happened to the media...they have hit a new low. Why is the media stalking the man's daughter? Families should be left out of political races.

    Not surprising that media trust has hit a new low per Gallup.

    September 30, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. SayWhat

    Paladino is a loose cannon but if you watch the video, the reporter Dicker (that's his real name) was not acting like a reporter and in fact was jabbing his finger in an aggressive manner toward Paladino. I like the reponse of Paladino's staffer who jumped in the middle and told Dicker that not only was he out of line, "he was off their Christmas card list".

    September 30, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Jon from Madison

    That reporter is out of line. Imagine the firestorm that would ensue if that was someone, from Fox News, talking to a Democrat candidate. CNN, way to only post the side where Paladino retaliated.

    September 30, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gee, be very careful how you blog about this guy, he just might take us out.

    September 30, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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