(CNN) - You expect a lot of applause and waving of campaign signs during speeches on election night–sign waving, not bat-wielding. But a baseball bat is precisely what New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was holding at one point, when he conceded to Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
"I have a message for... the next governor of New York," Paladino told his supporters "I've always said my baseball bat is a metaphor for the people who want to take their government back. But this isn't my bat. After all, as our next governor you can grab this handle and bring the people with you to Albany or you can leave it untouched and run the risk of having it wielded against you."