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Midterm Election Candidates Head to Head

By Beth Fitzgerald

After speaking with many students on Campus, it is brought to our attention, that many people are not very politically up to date. When asking students about the primaries, we are received with blank stares and  unknowing responses. Here’s where we come in. Each issue, up until the midterm elections, we will be giving you your healthy dose of politics for the week. So, if you have no idea who won the primaries for New York’s new governor, or you know but you’re unsure of who to vote for because you don’t know much about the candidates on the ticket, no need to panic, The Pioneer is here to save you from your political absence.

Tea party Candidate, Carl Paladino, 64,  served as Chief Executive officer of Ellicott Development Company. Paladino is also a senior managing partner in the law firm of Paladino, Cavan and Quinlivin, a firm that specializes in corporate and real estate law. In 1999 he was honored by the city of Buffalo as Buffalonian of the Yyear and in 1993 as Alumnus of the Yyear by St. Bonaventure University. Paladino is currently running on a republican ticket, h. However, was a registered Democrat from 1974-2005.
Paladinoís main concern is, in his words, “To take a baseball bat to Albany.” Paladino promises the people of New York he will weed out all of the corrupt politicians. He also thinks that some of the people running New York should be put in jail, starting with aAssembly woman Shelly Silver.  He vowed to send the state police into New York City . and, “every other sanctuary city in the state to pick up illegals and turn them over to the feds.” There are however many skeletons in Paladinoís closet which need to be brought out into the open as well. If you vote for someone you need to know who they are outside of the limelight.  Carl Paladino cheated on his wife Cathy, and even fathered a child out of wedlock. This all came out the same week their re 29- year- old son, Patrick, was killed in a car accident. There were also the sexually explicit and racist emails he sent out through the years to friends and colleguescolleagues which came out in April. The messages included what appeared to be a video of Africans dancing in traditional dress that was titled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal.” Though Paladino admitted some of the emails he is being accused of sending are authentic, others aren’t, and the site that broke the story has been accused of email scandals such as this in the past. The most recent issue is the allegations Paladino made against running mate Andrew Cuomo. He accused Cuomo of cheating on his  ex-wife years ago. “When he was married — or asked him why his wife left him or threw him out of the house? Has anybody ever done that?” Paladino demanded. “What are they doing intruding on my life?” No proof of this has come out yet however, showing how nasty this race is truly getting. ìFor some reason, I look at you and Iím not sure youíre a bridge-builder,î Lauer said, in an interview with Ppaladino on October 5th on the Today show. Bill O’Reilly on his show on Ffox Nnews said, “Paladino tends to drop these names (Sheldon Silver, Andrew Farkas et al) as if viewers across the state and the rest of the country read CapCon four times a day. Alas, they do not. ” This shows both sides are a bit skeptical about where Ppaladino will stand during the elections.
Carl Paladino believes he can cut state taxes 10% in his first six months and taxing spending 20% in the first year. Pink slips would go to state employees who he refers to as “well-connected brothers-in-law,” “leeches” and “wall-to-wall crooks.”  He’s pro-gun, pro-life and highly against a mosque near Ground Zero. A fiscal conservative, Carl Paladino has won the primary for the Republican party over Rick Lazio to run as the next New York Governor.

Andrew Cuomo is the democratic primary election winner for New York’s next governor. Politics in his blood, Cuomo is the elder son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and the older brother of ABC News journalist Chris Cuomo.
Appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development as Assistant Secretary in 1993 and as a member of President Bill Clinton’s administration, Cuomo, it seems, has his interests in the right place. Attending Fordham University, he received his J.D. from Albany Law School. He was a top aide to his father during his father’s 1982 campaign for Governor, going on to later joining the Governor’s staff as one of his father’s top policy advisors, a position he filled on and off during his father’s 12-year governorship. Cuomo became active in issues affecting the homeless and housing policy in New York during the 1980s and 1990s. He also founded a non-profit organization focused on homeless and housing issues, Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP).
Andrew Cuomo has implemented student loan inquiry during his years of being in politics.  Many universities steered student borrowers to preferred lenders, which resulted in those borrowers incurring higher interest rates. This has led to changes in lending policy at many major American universities. Many universities have also rebated millions of dollars in fees back to affected borrowers, thanks to his policy. He has also made sure that Facebook is a safe siteght for minors. Cuomo cited an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General, which discovered deficiencies that stand in contrast to the reassuring statements made on the web site and by company officials.  On September 18, 2009, Advisors to President Barack Obama informed Paterson that the President believed Paterson should withdraw his 2010 gubernatorial candidacy, stepping aside for “popular Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.” On January 23, 2010, the New York Daily News reported that Cuomo would announce plans for a gubernatorial campaign at the end of March.
During the campaign, Cuomo has received criticism from the black community, who have accused him of ignoring them and not campaigning in predominantly black neighborhoods in New York or with black elected officials. Back in January of 2008, Cuomo did a talk radio interview and was caught saying what some believed was racist comments. “It’s not a T.V. crazed race. Frankly you can’t buy your way into it,” Cuomo said, according to Albany Times Union reporter Rick Karlin. He then added, “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference. All those moves you can make with the press don’t work when you’re in someone’s living room.” H Though he denied this as being racist, saying it was not geared toward President Obama, but simply meaning to say ëbob and weaveí. Many people, such as black Council member Charles Barron, say he is only out to help those who are white.
Strongly opposing the death penalty, promising to cut overtime for union workers to save tax money, and having a strong involvement with the homeless, Andrew Cuomo is currently leading his republican opponent Carl Paladino by double digits, with 4 percent undecided in a Marist Institute poll conducted Sept. 27-29.  Only time will tell whatís in store for this democrat.

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