(CNN) - A recent confrontation between New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and a newspaper columnist illustrates the multimillionaire's brash and unpredictable nature, a political observer said.
"He's got to control himself," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of public policy at Baruch College in New York. "This guy wants to be the governor and is going to start beating up or having reporters hit? It's [got] a Tony Soprano-like quality to it."
(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.
(CNN) - Two days. Two very different polls in New York State's gubernatorial battle
(CNN) - Carl Paladino is a lot of things - a multimillionaire businessman, lawyer, family man, devout Catholic and a blunt guy.
And on Tuesday, he became the New York state Republican Party's gubernatorial candidate, stunning the party establishment by beating their candidate, Rick Lazio.
But there is one facet of his life that comes out loud and clear when it comes to politics: his hometown of Buffalo, New York.
New York (CNN) - Whew!! Something stinks! But before you run to take out the trash, check the stack of mail you just carried inside.
A few thousand New York household received an odoriferous gift in the mail from Carl Paladino, the Republican nominee for governor – and it doesn't smell like roses.
Paladino's campaign mailed out garbage-scented fliers declaring "Something Stinks in Albany" and featuring photos of seven New York Democrats whose political careers were marred by scandal.
"It's basically a folder and then when you open it, when the oxygen hits the card the stink starts," Paladino explained to Anderson Cooper on "AC360" Thursday night.
"The longer you keep it open the worse the stink gets. That's our analogy of Albany," he added.
CNN is projecting tea party challenger Carl Paladino the upset winner over Rick Lazio in New York Republican gubernatorial primary.