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...your GOP candidate for governor of New York state:


But even in a year when anger is the dominant theme of national politics, Mr. Paladino has stood out as a candidate defined by his ire. He has often promised to take a baseball bat with him to the State Capitol and referred to Albany denizens as leeches, pigs and wimps, and -- in the case of Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the Assembly and an Orthodox Jew -- as the Antichrist.

Not to mention his casual racism

In the video below, the reporter doesn't come off much better than Paladino. Of course he isn't running for anything.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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