November 3rd, 2010
01:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Paladino concedes with a baseball bat

(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."

Next came the homerun for his supporters "Make no mistake, you have not heard the last of Carl Paladino," he said with the bat still in his hand.

Over at the Cuomo celebration, the governer-elect told the crowd "the politics are over."

"It's not about being a Democrat, a Republican or independent. We are New Yorkers first," said Cuomo.

"We are going to be more united than we ever have been before, committed to reinventing this government and giving this state a government we can be proud of."

By the way, the Cuomo name may look familiar. The governor-elect is the son of the former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and former major league baseball prospect, who was recruited by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cuomos know a few things about baseball, too.

Filed under: 2010 • Carl Paladino
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Anyone notice his bat is orange and black? Someone forgot to tell him that the Giants moved to San Francisco.

    November 3, 2010 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  2. Jude

    amazing how ignorance has got a hold on us bad. why do people fear intelligence?...they are dense, weak and strike out like a bully..know no other way.

    November 3, 2010 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  3. Caroline

    Lose by 20 points, then make demands and threaten your opponent with a baseball bat. Thank God NY did not elect this rude, crazy person,

    November 3, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  4. NamePaul

    This Palidino is a nut job! Wow thank God he wasn't elected!

    November 3, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  5. megan

    what a sore loser.

    November 3, 2010 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  6. Marry

    Carl Paladino is a disgusting, primitive, threatening, and aggressive man! If this is his understanding of Democracy, the people did well to reject him. Thank you, New Yorkers! But, the work is not over! Stay informed, educated, connected. There is no guarantee that a “Paladino” will not stand knocking at the door again in the future!

    November 3, 2010 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  7. CoreyL78

    Oh my... Quit a McCarthur-ish ending. I'm having a hard time deciding if hes conceding or vowing to return to the Philippines.

    November 3, 2010 05:45 am at 5:45 am |