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Gubernatorial campaign staying negative right to the end

ALBANY -- It's getting nasty out there in Democratic and Republican land. The latest round of negativity began Sunday with the release of two new ads by Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo attacking the ethics of people surrounding Republican Carl P. Paladino's gubernatorial campaign.

What follows is a Republican Party response to those ads, and then a Democratic Party response to the response, in which a top Democrat accuses the GOP of being racist, among other things, and led by "ultra-conservative thugs.''

--Tom Precious

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Albany, NY….October 24, 2010 Andrew Cuomo and his campaign ads continue to insult the intelligence of New York voters.  By invoking the memory of Richard Nixon, who has been dead for 16 years and out of office for 36, Cuomo’s ads are intended to distract voters from the fact that neither Andrew Cuomo, nor the Democrats in complete control of government have done anything to address the issues our residents truly care about: creating jobs, lowering taxes, decreasing government spending, and cleaning up the Democrats’ culture of corruption in Albany.   Andrew Cuomo lacks the political will to accomplish any of these, and instead commits only to lowering the growth-rate of government spending, whereas Carl Paladino will actually cut government spending by 20-percent, while lowering taxes by 10-percent to create jobs. 

While Andrew Cuomo had promised to play the part of "Sheriff of Albany," his strategy has instead been to pull his punches for political purposes and to avoid upsetting the leaders of his party.  Because of Cuomo's close association with his fellow Democrat leaders Sampson, Smith, Silver and others in the AEG case, Cuomo avoided seeking to indict or rigorously investigating these corrupt officials. Cuomo’s refusal to take on members of his own party has been a prescription for corruption and continued violations of the public trust. 

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“The Republican Party in New York has degenerated into an extremist party led by a cast of unsavory characters.”

“The GOP is a far cry from the moderate Republican Party of Giuliani, Pataki, D'amato, and Rockefeller.”

“It has been brought to its knees by Chairman Cox.”

“And now, this Republican Party is anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-immigrant, and pits upstate against downstate.”

“It can't be a coincidence that Cox is Nixon's son-in-law because only a master of the dark arts could have brought the party Paladino and his crew of thugs.”

“From Cox’s initial manipulation – trying to sabotage the Republican Party for Steve Levy in a backroom deal to help his son – it was clear that Cox learned all of Nixon's bad habits.”

“After Cox failed with Levy, he threw his support behind Lazio.  Now, he's reduced to being the hatchet man for Paladino and his crew of criminals.”

"This Republican Party has devolved into a band of ultra-conservative thugs. It is out-of-step with the ideology of mainstream New Yorkers and out-of-bounds of the law.”

“On November 2, New York will reject the bigotry and thuggery of Cox-Paladino.”

—June O’Neill, Executive Committee Chair, NYS Democratic Committee


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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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