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Paladino Repeats Debate Challenge To Cuomo

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Carl Paladino is ripping Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo for not responding to his requests for a debate.

In a letter to Cuomo, the Republican nominee tore into what he calls Cuomo's arrogance, sense of entitlement and lack of experience.

Paladino wrote, peppering his statements with a vulgar Spanish word, "I don't think you have the c------ to face me and the other candidates in a open debate. I don't think you have the c------ to answer direct questions regarding the mistakes you made at [the Department of Housing and Urban Development].... I don't think you have the c------ to answer questions about why you embraced ethically-challenged [Congressman] Charlie Rangel while pledging to clean up corruption."

The Republican finished by encouraging Cuomo to be a man for the first time in his life, and not hide behind the coattails of his father, Governor Mario Cuomo.

"No one inherits the New York Governorship - you have to earn it," wrote Paladino.

Cuomo has previously said he would debate Paladino.

Meanwhile, members of the city's Jewish community gathered on the steps of City Hall Monday to denounce Paladino, who they say has a record of making anti-Semitic, homophobic, and racist comments.

"Does Carl Paladino have the right to forward emails that portray the president and first lady, an African-American family, as a pimp and a prostitute or to characterize the administration as an African tribe or to use the N word? Of course he does. Thankfully in this country we protect freedom of speech. But we're here today because we believe those comments, that attitude, that approach to inciting fear and anger and division rather than working to bring people together in tough times renders Carl Paladino totally unfit to be governor of this great and diverse state," said City Councilman Brad Lander.

Paladino's controversial actions include defending a colleague who compared Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, an Orthodox Jew, to Adolf Hitler.

"He chose his words. And they apply their interpretation to them. And the press went out there and buried the guy. That was very unfair, and very wrong," Paladino said. "I think Shelly Silver is a despicable person."

"All he has to do is issue an apology, just issue a straight forward apology. I wouldn't attend I'm sure this thing would have just been called off," said Gedaliah Weinberger of Agudath Israel of America.

Paladino later dismissed the group as "birddogs for Cuomo" whom he'll "bloody up." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP