*The campaign for governor of New York got a little uglier this weekend, when Republican candidate Carl Paladino made some anti-gay slurs. According to reports, he said that children are “brainwashed” into a homosexuality.
But his camp isn’t too worried because they have some dirt on the others, claiming Andrew Cuomo is Anti-Semitic. Paladino’s bit of dirt is that Cuomo is friends with Russell Simmons and once took a trip to Palestine.
“Cuomo names Russell Simmons, a supporter of anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, a ‘senior black advisor’ to his campaign,” the document says. It goes on to craft an attack that because the super-successful hip-hop entrepreneur hosted Farrakhan and his sons at his home in lower Manhattan last year, he must somehow be prejudiced.
“Paladino had a premeditated plan to disseminate false and vicious rumors,” responded Cuomo spokesperson John Vlasto. “His hypocrisy knows no bounds as he falsely tries to smear someone as anti-Semitic when he himself refers to a Jewish elected official as a Hitler and an antichrist. That’s why Paladino’s campaign is being called one of the dirtiest in the country.”
Simmons has been laying under the radar lately, but he was last talked about when he used the windows of a penthouse facing Ground Zero as an art display to encourage religious tolerance.