Classy Carl Paladino Gets Drunk, Hangs Out With Guy in Blackface Before Election

While things aren't looking too good for New York State gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino on election day, he decided to party it up nonetheless, capping off a reprehensible campaign season with yet another decidedly gross show of character. On Saturday night, while his opponent Andrew Cuomo remained dogged on the campaign trail, Palladino was busy boozing it up at his favorite bar in Buffalo, Potter's Field. While there's technically nothing wrong with getting a little lubed up on a holiday (though alcohol is more dangerous than heroin), Paladino was snapped in photos with a constituent wearing blackface costume.

Presumably the candidate did not lecture said constituent about his racism–particularly since he has a history of being racist himself, having forwarded emails containing YouTube videos popular with Neo-Nazis and viral .jpgs including the n-word, et cetera. Liquor, too, seems to bring out the worst in him–a few years ago, he allegedly sexually harrassed burlesque dancers at a lesbian bar, then yelled epithets at a gay comedian. This is, of course, all precedent to his very real public speeches against gays and sexist statements about Kristin Gillibrand. Suffice to say, after tomorrow, we're hoping to offer Paladino a very, very good riddance.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 1, 2010, 6:16am

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