BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Controversial candidate Carl Paladino is dealing with threats tohis life and his political survival as he seeks the Governor'soffice in the wake of an uproar over racially and sexually chargedemails.
Tenants of Buffalo's Ellicott Square Building cleared out overthe noon hour Tuesday after Carl Paladino's office took athreatening phone call.
Paladino's Campaign Manager Michael Caputo said, "He threatenedCarl and the building. He said Carl's a racist and then he claimedto be from a black militant group."
It was unsettling for some office workers with police and bombsniffing dogs on scene.
Office worker Jeronica Jones said, "We were usually on thisside. They escorted everybody over. A lot of people were panicking.A lot of people left actually."
The incident comes after Paladino admitted forwarding sexuallyexplicit and racially charged e-mails to friends. And those e-mailsprompted an editorial in Tuesday's New York Post calling him abigot from Buffalo. The article says Paladino "sounds like a lowrent version of Eliot 'Client 9' Spitzer."
Supporters say Paladino is not a racist and has given muchsupport to minorities.
Paladino supporter Rus Thompson said, "Do I support CarlPaladino? Absolutely, unequivocally, yes. I will stand by him allthe way. Do I support the forwarding emails? No."
Carl Paladino called Shredd and Ragan's radio show on 103.3 TheEdge late Tuesday to say he is moving forward despite what hebelieves are orchestrated efforts to stop him.
"I'm a very resilient person. This stuff, this e-mail stuff,comes nowhere near something that's going to ever dissuade me,"said Paladino.
But nine county Republican leaders just announced that, based onthe e-mails, Carl Paladino is no longer invited to the CapitolRegion's Forum for Statewide Candidates.
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