When Politicians Attack

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Carl Paladino

Grimm is not the only prominent New York Republican in recent years to threaten physical violence against a reporter as the cameras rolled.

In 2010, a routine press conference turned into a finger-pointing, minutes-long exchange of taunts and threats between GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and New York Post columnist Fred Dicker.

As several journalists stood by, Paladino confronted Dicker over the Post’s coverage, adding, “You send another goon to my daughter’s house and I’ll take you out, buddy.”

That threat notwithstanding, the limited scope by which Paladino’s campaign was actually willing to exact revenge was perhaps revealed in an exchange moments later between Dicker and campaign manager Michael Caputo.

Caputo: "You’re out of here."

Dicker: "Out of here? What does that mean?"

Caputo: "You're off our campaign's list!"

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