Cuomo says little about Paladino

September 16, 2010 2:46:57 PM PDT
In his first comments on Thursday since the primary, frontrunner Andrew Cuomo didn't exactly ignore Carl Paladino, but he revealed almost nothing about what he thinks of his controversial opponent.

"I don't know Mr. Paladino and I don't think my characterization is relevant or appropriate, you know," Cuomo said.

But plenty of others are ripping Paladino for once suggesting those on welfare should be put in prison dorms to learn better hygiene and for those offensive emails he sent about the president.

Black leaders, including Bill Thompson, called those despicable comments. Thompson said Paladino is unfit to govern.

Al Damato and Ed Koch called Paladino a divisive figure and a dangerous candidate.

"I don't think he is fit for public service. He transferred those emails back and forth that were racist, homophobic and misogynist," Paterson said.

"The people are not concerned with emails," Paladino said during an interview on Wednesday. "I've apologized to any who that bothers, okay? I've acknowledged I did send out emails."

Even when we asked Cuomo about those emails, he refused to say what he thinks.

"I believe he himself said they were at a minimum inappropriate," Cuomo said.

Cuomo proved so adept at not saying much about Paladino that reporters ended up asking about Paladino's famous dog duke and whether Cuomo has any pets.

"At this point in my life, I am without a pet," Cuomo said. "I'm not happy about that, but I am. You know, I think we have exhausted all the relevant questions for the day."

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