A video making the rounds across the blogosphere today is raising more eyebrows about Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's campaign. The video originates from the National Journal's Hotline On Call where Jeremy P. Jacobs laments that "it's already been a rough week" for Paladino after he's been widely criticized for comments on homosexuality, "and it looks like the hits are going to keep on coming."
The latest "hit" is Hotline's "previously unreleased" video of Paladino speaking to a March. 26 town hall audience in Tappan, N.Y. According to Jacobs, the video shows Paladino cursing Attorney General Eric Holder when a crowd member asks about the possibility of terror trials being held in Manhattan.
"If you were the chief executive of New York, what would your response be to the attorney general of the United States deciding to hold terrorist trials in Manhattan?" the unidentified questioner asks.
According to Jacobs' assessment, Paladino responds, "F*** him. F*** him."
But is this really what Paladino said? Let's go to the tape:
It appears to me that the words were in fact not Paladino's, but seem rather to come from an audience member seated near the camera's microphone. For what it's worth, I think Paladino is being wrongfully accused here. What do you think?