Andrew Cuomo Will Debate the Manhattan Madam, and (Almost) All the Other Gubernatorial Candidates

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The first (and probably only) debate of the governor’s race has just been scheduled for October 18 at Hofstra, with a lineup that could do the impossible: make Carl Paladino look reasonable. Besides front-runner Andrew Cuomo, the participants will include Howie (“The Green Hornet”) Hawkins, Warren (Libertarian Party) Redlich, Jimmy (“The Rent Is Too Damn High”) McMillan, Kristin (“The Manhattan Madam”) Davis, and Charles (“White Men Have Too Much Power”) Barron. Here’s the nuttiest thing: Paladino, after loudly complaining that Cuomo is scared to debate, is the only candidate who hasn’t agreed to show up.