A public letter Carl Paladino has addressed to Andrew Cuomo does not smell like garbage. So that’s progress. But the letter does mock Cuomo for his alleged arrogance, for being part of a political dynasty, and for never before in his life behaving like a man. Paladino, you see, wants Cuomo’s first-ever act of manliness to be agreeing to a debate. It’s the kind of caustic, sneering campaign rhetoric that will continue to be a staple of Paladino’s “mad as hell” campaign.
“It’s difficult to understand why you, a polished veteran campaigner, scion of a political dynasty and king-designate, would fear a simple businessman from Buffalo, who candidly has never been in a debate in his life — except maybe in a bar,” Mr. Paladino wrote ….
“What I find most offensive,” Mr. Paladino wrote, referring to his call for a debate, “other than the arrogance toward the public by your lack of a public answer, is the idea that this is somehow your decision. You have some sense of entitlement based on being the son of Mario Cuomo, a governor who left our state economy in a wreck ….”
The best part? Cuomo already agreed to debate Paladino last week.