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Published by: Celeste Katz on Sep 15, 2010
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An Open Letter to New Yorkers
 The victory of Carl Paladino in the Republican Primary was a disappointingday for all New Yorkers. This state has a long history of electing highlyqualified, forward-looking statewide candidates - both Democrats andRepublicans. Yesterday, however, anger overcame reason and enabled afringe element to choose the Republican nominee. The end result was theselection of Mr. Paladino, a divisive figure simply not fit to lead this greatstate.At a time when we need leaders who can bring New Yorkers together, Mr.Paladino practices a destructive brand of politics that will divide our state.He first came to the attention of most New Yorkers when it was revealedthat, for years, he has shared racially offensive emails with associates.Including videos popular with white supremacists, these emails are beneaththe dignity of a candidate for high office. This, however, was merely a preview of what we have seen along thecampaign trail. Mr. Paladino was justifiably condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and editorial boards alike for referring to AssemblySpeaker Sheldon Silver - a prominent Jewish leader - as the closestthing New York has to an anti-Christ or a Hitler. Most recently, Mr.Paladino offended basic New York values when he suggested that lowincome New Yorkers should be sent to prison work camps for lessonsin "personal hygiene." That type of hateful comment has no place in ourdiscourse, dehumanizing the poor and playing off of despicable racist ideas.Mr. Paladino is also running a disingenuous campaign. He has portrayedhimself as an anti-government crusader, while embodying the very worst of Albany's pay-to-play culture. To quote his own slogan, he is the reason thatNew Yorkers are "Mad as Hell."He has personally distributed close to a half a million dollars to federaland state candidates, bankrolling the campaigns of numerous allies. Thishas allowed him to pocket millions of dollars in tax incentives, sweetheartdeals, and scores of government contracts. Paladino's real estateempire takes in over $10 million each year in government rents alone.There's a reason why even the chairmen of the Republican and Conservativeparties disavowed Mr. Paladino's candidacy, noting that he "stands in

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