By Robert J. McCarthy
It didn't take long for the latest encounter between 2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and New York Post writer Fred Dicker to send ripples across the state.
East Aurora political consultant Michael Caputo said he read with great interest Tuesday about Paladino's "flipping of the bird" as he passed Dicker's radio show booth on the State Capitol's third floor. Caputo should know about the history between the two men -- he was in the middle of their almost physical confrontation at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing during Paladino's ill-fated GOP campaign for governor in 2010.
"What a terrible thing to happen," Paladino's former spokesman said Tuesday with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
Then he said with tongue planted not firmly in cheek: "It was poetry."
"Maybe it's better I wasn't in the middle of this one," he added.