BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - He's directed his anger at what he calls "corruption" and"arrogance" among the powers in Albany. Now Buffalo businessman andgubernatorial contender Carl Paladino had to talk about someracially charged e-mails.
Buffalo developer Carl Paladino didn't deny the report onWNYMedia.net that over the past couple years he has forwarded somecontroversial e-mails like the one titled, "Obama InaugurationRehearsal," which shows video of an African tribal dance, or thephoto of African-Americans running from a low-flying plane with thecaption, "Run-******-Run."
Paladino said, "I confess to being human, and imperfect, as allGod's children are. I'm not a racist and I say that even in some ofmy e-mails that they have hacked from my computer."
He also admits to forwarding sexually explicit e-mails.
"To any of the ladies I've offended, I apologize. I say this tothe men out there who have never opened a graphic image on theInternet, don't vote for me. For those who have I welcome yourvote," said Paladino.
He says he didn't originate any of them, but after receivingthem, forwarded them.
Paladino explained, "I send it to a very specific bunch offriends who somewhat enjoy that humor."
Some think you can judge a person by the e-mails heforwards.
Varrish Lindsay said, "Why would he forward something like thatif he wasn't a racist? Who would do that? Who does that?"
"You would have to judge him by his e-mail if he's sendinge-mails like that, I don't think that's a right thing to do for aperson that wants to run for Governor," said Demetri Newman.
Dick Clark said, "Knowing Carl as I know him, I don't see aracist bone in his body. I've known Carl, Carl has helped us withchildren on the east side, Buffalo Hoops, he gave us money, and hedidn't ask what color the children were, he just gave the color ofmoney and it was green."
Paladino says he doesn't expect this to hurt his chances ofgetting the Republican endorsement. He hosted another Tea Partyrally in the Finger Lakes region.
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