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September 17, 2010
Paladino 'unfit'? Letter befits Stooges
By Donn Esmonde
It's official. The Three Stooges have been reincarnated. Not since Curly, Larry and Moe have I seen a trio with this gift for slapstick comedy. The "open letter" this threesome wrote, warning the multitudes about the "danger" of newly nominated Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, was laughable.
Al D'Amato, Ed Koch and Carl McCall took it upon themselves Wednesday to stand up for the sanctity of elective office in this state. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. I barely got past the letter's second sentence: "This state has a long history of electing highly qualified, forward-looking statewide candidates."
These guys must have been passing around a bong. The state has a history all right. In recent years, we had a governor resign after a sex scandal. We had a felonious state comptroller resign in disgrace. We had the ex-Senate majority leader -- one of Albany's triumvirate of power -- jailed for violating the public trust. Our current governor admitted to marital infidelities and past drug use, and was targeted in a baseball ticket scandal. And that is just the shortlist. In that company, Carl Paladino -- even at his crudest -- raises the bar.
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