You didn’t pass gas, it’s just Carl Paladino’s campaign mailer. The Tea Party gubernatorial candidate and wealthy businessman thinks Albany stinks, and he sent out a garbage-tinged mass flyer to widely diffuse his point. Not only does Paladino — who won in the election upset against GOP front-runner, Rick Lazio — want to de-stink Albany, he also hopes to fumigate welfare recipients in his crusade against all things smelly.
“I’m mad as hell at a ruling class in Albany with conflicts of interest and wide-ranging corruption…Now, hear the thunder of a revolution coming down the road…Join us on a crusade to change New York for the better forever,” the mini digital Paladino explains on his website.
As with a lot of things, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. During a recent interview with the candidate, Anderson Cooper displayed a quote from Paladino,
“Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we’ll teach people how to earn their check. We’ll teach them personal hygiene, the personal things they don’t get when they come from dysfunctional homes.”
Paladino clarified that he wants to teach people to wear dry socks and brush their teeth twice daily — all part of his Dignity Corps welfare reform plan in which “Paladino would bring real reform to help get New York back to work, including work for welfare…the chronically unemployed can learn life and work skills they need to have a fulfilling life,” according to Paladino’s website.
Apparently, the hope is that life for New Yorkers won’t stink as badly — in every way. Or at least not as badly as the anti-abortionist’s campaign mailer. “When the oxygen hits the card, the stink starts…the longer you keep it open, the worse the stink gets,” Paladino explained on Anderson Cooper. And were people mad? “We’ve received no complaints. We’ve actually had a lot of people commend us on it.” He means the idea, not the stink — we presume — unless New York has become comfortable with its stench, like one might with a familiar fart.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 17, 2010