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NY's Cuomo: Infidelity Claims in Gov Race Hurtful

Friday, 01 Oct 2010 04:32 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo said Friday that allegations about marital infidelity leveled at him by his Republican rival had hurt Cuomo's family and further turned off voters from politics.

"Let's not degrade the process and let's not demean the state and let's not turn people off with baseless accusations or negativity when we should be talking about them and not us," Cuomo said.

Cuomo spoke at a news conference on Staten Island, where he was endorsed by the borough's president, James Molinaro. It was the first time Cuomo has faced reporters since his GOP opponent, Carl Paladino, suggested in an interview published Wednesday in Politico.com that Cuomo may have had "paramours" during his 15-year marriage to Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. The couple divorced in 2005.

Paladino subsequently got into a much-publicized dustup with a New York Post reporter who pressed Paladino for proof of his allegations. Paladino said he would substantiate his claim at some point during the campaign.

But in an interview published Friday in The Buffalo News, Paladino said he has no evidence that Cuomo had been unfaithful. Paladino said he had simply been venting frustration over media interest in the 10-year old daughter he has acknowledged fathering with a mistress. "It's not that I was accusing him," Paladino told the newspaper.

Cuomo said the accusations had been difficult for his three daughters with Kennedy— 15-year old twins Mariah and Cara and 13-year old Michaela.

"I talked to them about what was in the newspapers. I explained to them the truth. At the end of the day, he said it, they are baseless accusations," Cuomo said.

He added, "This is why people are turned off. It's exactly why people say politics is negative, it's dirty. It does this state a disservice."

Paladino's angry, take-no-prisoners campaign style has brought a seismic jolt to a gubernatorial campaign that had looked for months as though it would be a cakewalk for Cuomo, the state attorney general who had run a cautious campaign that suggested inevitability. Cuomo seemed momentarily knocked off his game after Paladino's decisive victory in the Sept. 14 primary, as many conservative and tea party voters embraced Paladino's pledge to "clean up Albany with a baseball bat."

But Paladino's heated rhetoric, including accusations about Cuomo's personal life and a televised threat to "take out" the New York Post reporter who confronted him about the accusations — have surprised even jaded political observers.

Molinaro, a Conservative Party member, said he was endorsing Cuomo because Paladino could not bring about the cooperation necessary to manage New York's record budget deficit. The Conservative Party endorsed Paladino this week.

"He would not be able to govern New York state. New York state, in my opinion, would shut down if he were governor," Molinaro said.

Cuomo, for his part, refused to say whether Paladino was temperamentally fit for office.

"The voters will decide if he should be the governor of the state of New York," Cuomo said.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo said Friday that allegations about marital infidelity leveled at him by his Republican rival had hurt Cuomo's family and further turned off voters from politics."Let's not degrade the process and let's not...
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