BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo developer and candidate for governor Carl Paladino prepared to make a major announcement on Thursday. The best kept secret is no longer under wraps.
It was billed by the Paladino campaign as a "major announcment," but this rare purchase of simultaneous airtime didn't cover much new ground.
Carl Paladino started by explaining last week's videotaped argument, saying he only wanted to protect the daughter he had out of wedlock.
"For weeks the media has badgered me about affairs because unlike a career politican, I was honest enough to acknowledge that she was my daughter," said Paladino.
He then gets personal referring to Andrew Cuomo.
Paladino stated, "Does the media ask Andrew such questions? Andrew's prowess is legendary."
He re-issued his challenge to debate Cuomo.
"Why do you want to exclude the only African American candidate, and the only woman candidate, and the Green Party candidate? I just don't understand. Come out and debate like a man," said Paladino.
And the message ends with Nancy Naples urging supporters to send an emergency contribution to the campaign. It's a rare move, buying a three minute block of airtime on Channel 4 and other local stations. The campaign is hoping networks pick it up on satelitte.
Benjamin Lawsky, General Counsel of Cuomo 2010, Thursday released the following statement regarding debates: "Andrew Cuomo accepted the Newsday/News 12 invitation to debate yesterday afternoon. We look forward to a vigorous debate of the issues that matter to New Yorkers. To say that the Andrew Cuomo has not agreed to debate is demonstrably false and misleading."
Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra said, "It's very clever that you buy the time here because the expense is not as great as you would buy the same time across the state."
But Giambra says it could backfire.
"If it's not substantive and perceived to be substantive, then I think that causes some additional problems for the campaign, potentially," said Giambra.
A new poll out Thursday from Quinipiac University shows Paladino trailing Andrew Cuomo by 18 points in the race for governor. His campaign manager Michael Caputo says Quinnipiac was off by more than 20 points on primary night. Caputo says his own research shows it much closer, but still a heavy lift to close the gap. Since primary night, Paladino has done over seven hours of nationally broadcast interviews, but some have dwelled on Paladino and not the issues.
Bill O'Reilly on FOX News said, "It's about you. The media in this state is gonna say you're crazy."
"If you're looking to be a national star, you've accomplished your objective. If you're trying to win a campaign, it's not working," said Giambra.
Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy said, "I think it was very important that Carl comes off a tough week last week, a lot of outside distractions. It's very important that the campaign turn the page and kind of reset its efforts onto what is ahead, which is jobs, taxes, and where he sees New York going."
"I don't think he's desperate because of what happened last week, I think he was desperate because of what happened yesterday. The State Business Council, a Republican organization, always leans toward Republicans, endorsed Cuomo as the person best able to create jobs in the state," said Erie County Democratic Chair Len Lenihan.
Back in 2002, the Tom Golisano campaign bought a chunk of airtime like this across the state for a million dollars. This three minutes locally is believed to cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. The debate is scheduled for Monday, October 18 at 7 p.m.
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