It had been a while since we’d last heard from Carl Paladino, the fire-breathing Republican who unsuccessfully ran for governor in New York in 2010 and who delivered his concession speech while holding a baseball bat. But he’s still up to his old ways.
In an email to former Sen. Al D’Amato (R-NY), which Paladino apparently forwarded to friends and supporters and which was obtained by Politicker, Paladino unloads on the elder Republican.
Al, keep your nose out of WNY politics or I will expose your underbelly. You are a spineless fraud and you’re going down with Skelos. Did you have fun at Andrews $50k party? You are such a low life parasite. It’s all about money and you could care less about the people and republican principals. What are you going to do when I tell the people that you were the prime mover of Andrew’s gay marriage bill so he could pound his chest as the most powerful governor the state has ever known and you could have access as a lobby for the big buck clients you extort.
Politicker reports that the dispute concerns the 74-year-old D’Amato’s role trying to broker peace between “warring factions” of New York state Republicans, following a request from Erie County Conservative Party chairman Ralph Lorigo. Lorigo is backing primary challengers to GOP state Senators Mark Grisanti and George Maziarz. In return, Maziarz is trying to get Lorigo removed from his position. Paladino, who is also backing the primary challengers, appears not to appreciate D’Amato’s efforts.
Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website’s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl(at)talkingpointsmemo.com