BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Another poll from Friday gives Democrat Andrew Cuomo a double-digit lead over Buffalo's Carl Paladino in the governor's race. Cuomo is on Paladino's home turf for a Buffalo fundraiser.
Andrew Cuomo is meeting with supporters at the Avant Hotel on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Cuomo has answered Paladino's call to debate him. Paladino wants it to happen right here, right now in Buffalo.
"Why don't you stop in to one of our radio stations and we'll come over and we'll have our first debate," said Paladino.
Cuomo said, "I'm open to debates. Our campaign, my campaign, is reaching out to Paladino's campaign and Rick Lazio, who's the Conservative candidate, to set it up."
Cuomo comes to Buffalo with a bit of a boost from the Marist Poll that shows 52 percent of voters are for him. 33 percent are for Republican Paladino and nine percent are for Rick Lazio on the Conservative line. Six percent remain unsure. Paladino believes he is nine or ten points behind, but believes his populist candidacy is catching on fast with voters.
"This is not an election between a Republican and a Democrat. This is an election between the people and the establishment. Andrew's the establishment," said Paladino.
Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan said, "Cuomo has been prosecuting the establishment in his role as Attorney General. I mean, he's been taking crooks to jail, he's been indicting people. He was the one who took Espada, probably the most corrupt State Senator we've ever had, he's the one that charged him with fraud."
Cuomo has taken a verbal hit from former governor Eliot Spitzer, who had resigned in a prostitution scandal.
"Everybody knows that behind the scenes he is the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there, and that is his reputation from years in Washington," said Spitzer.
Cuomo said, "I know what Eliot Spitzer said, and what I say in response is I'll let my record and my integrity and my honor speak for itself."
"Cuomo is purposely trying to stay away from the negative, although we're responding to all his surrogates that he sends out. He's been sending people out and then we have to bloody them up and send them back to him," said Paladino.
The Cuomo campaign is expecting about 50 people at the Avant Hotel at around $1,000 per person, and Cuomo says he is spending a lot of money on TV ad time in Buffalo where Carl Paladino lives.
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