GOP embraces Carl Paladino, but rejects Jim Russell?

Jim Russell, the Republican candidate in the New York’s 18th House district is under fire from his own party for what they describe (accurately, I think) as racist comments.

Here’s Russell being interviewed on RNN’s Real Politics.

The GOP says this guy is a “kook.” But they’re trying to clear a path for Carl Paladino — who sent racist emails and called Sheldon Silver “the anti-Christ” –to win the governor’s race.

This from the New York Daily News:

Lazio denied that he was looking for some kind of a deal to drop the Conservative line and said the efforts of GOP leaders to pressure him out of the race were “inconsequential” to his decision making process.

So what do you think? A clear difference? A double standard?


16 Comments on “GOP embraces Carl Paladino, but rejects Jim Russell?”

  1. J says:

    There is definitly a double standard here. I think They just wanted to make an example out of Russell for the media because he was expendabe, while Paladino was not. I also don’t think that Russell is really “racist”.

    Obama sat twenty years in a pew at Rev. Wright’s church.

    Princeton locks up Michelle Obama’s thesis where she discusses her views of “White privilege”. Right…

    Congressman Bobby Rush. Bobby Rush: founder of the Black Panthers.

    Alan Dershowitz (gasp!) warns of “assimilation, intermarriage, and low birthrates” and locates a bright Jewish future in “the considerable, but largely untapped, strengths of “our own heritage.” (Chutzpah)

    Why aren’t these individuals muckraked?

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  2. mervel says:

    What exactly did Paladino say that was racist?

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  3. Michael Santomauro says:

    A Sense of Peoplehood is not a Pathology.

    It is not racist for a professor such as Alan Dershowitz or for an ex-professor like Jim Russell, who wants to run for Congress, to advocate for their ethnic group interests.

    The words for bigotry, that are often used, such as: ant-Semitic, anti-White, anti-Black, anti-Arab, anti-feminist, anti-gay and hundreds of other labels, are for the most part overstated. Instead, it should be seen as pro-White, or pro-Jewish or pro-women or pro-traditional family and not be ashamed of it.

    These “pro” sensibilities are part of the human condition, not to be pathologized into an “anti.”

    It is about group interests.

    A race or an ethnie without a sense of peoplehood or ethnichood will end up being used to achieve the goals of other ethnies. (Yes, ethnie, not ethnic).

    The feelings or thoughts for peoplehood is not a pathology. The European-American will have White ethnic interests and it is not racist to have them. Just as Hispanics, Asians, Jews and Blacks have their own ethnic interests, it should not be a pathology for Whites to have ethnic interests.


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    An Ethnie without a sense of peoplehood will end up being used to achieve the goals of other ethnies. — Michael Santomauro

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  4. Brian Mann says:

    Paladino forwarded a series of email to journalists, friends and politicians that were frankly racist.

    One was a video clip purporting to show that the Irish colonized Africa. The ‘joke’ is that it shows monkeys doing a sort of Irish jig.

    Another video shows an African tribal dance and describes it as a practice run for President Obama’s inaugural party.

    –Brian, NCPR

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  5. ignatzz says:

    How do I put this? I don’t support candidate who send around emails of women having sex with horses. I just found about that yesterday, and I’m appalled. THIS is our candidate for Governor? Does the Republican Party have ANY standards? I mean – BESTIALITY? Are you KIDDING?

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  6. Mervel says:


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  7. Bret4207 says:

    Over the years I’ve seen and received a lot of emails that were off color, disgusting, childish, mildly racist and what today would be termed homophobic I suppose. I’ve been shown blatantly sexual emails by very liberal Democrats at work, been sent sexually explicit emails by the same people and from both males and females. I received one email from an acquaintance that showed a bull caribou raping Sarah Palin. An Obama supporter, he thought it was hilarious. By the standards some people profess to have, all these people sending me or showing me these emails should be banished from civil society. Is that correct? I thought this was a looser, less Puritan society now where partial nudity and coarse language were the rule of the day and were prudish behavior was passe and the mark of a backwards mind? Why is that “boys being boys” is only excusable if it’s your guy doing it? Why is it that the TP is a racist group, but the Democrats that referred to Condoleza Rice in blatantly racist terms were excused?

    I don’t know exactly what Palidino did or said or thought or what his intentions were. I do know that the double standard at play in politics is just as active and apparent as ever.

    In the end if my choice is Palidino or Cuomo, I’ll take Palidino.

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  8. PNElba says:

    What a surprise.

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  9. Conservative Patriot says:

    My Wife and I have known Jim Russell and his lovely family for well over ten years now. They are devout Christians and attend Mass at our local Church each and every Sunday as well as Holy Days of Obligation. Jim is a very genteel and intelligent man. The recent attacks on him suggesting that he is a racist and an anti-Semite are false. All one has to do, is to read his essay on The Western Contribution to World History rather than be BRIEFED as to what someone else thought it meant. Jim cites many other authors in his essay who point out that, our world has had many great societies simply disappear after they were invaded by other cultures. Ancient Rome comes to my mind, since those invading cultures refused to assimilate and eventually imprinted their own cultures over what was once Roman through intermarriage. Those are the indisputable facts, and it appears that, we still have a small segment of our society who insist on rewriting history to suit their own PC Political agendas.

    While the White Plains GOP chose to run with their tail between their legs over the first LOWEY RACE CARD BOMB lobbed at them, fact is that, Jim is running as a TRUE CONSERVATIVE and that alone, scares the hell out of both camps. Jim will not serve their interests nor will he be obligated to anyone other than, We, the People when he is elected to Congress on November 2nd.

    Free and Independent Citizens all across our Country are rebuking many of the GOP candidates citing that, RINOS are no longer acceptable as they demand real Conservatives.

    I expect, the same reality will play out for Carl Paladino as well, come this election day. Suffice it to say that, Business as Usual is no longer acceptable, and we will have REAL CHANGE come this election day.

    Let the DIRT FLY since I believe the majority of voters will see through the MUD and vote for candidates who are not part of either party’s anointed ones.

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  10. scratchy says:

    No double standard. I’ve received chain e-mails that have a series or jokes, with one or two being racist. As far as Silver, that man is absoltely despised in the north country. I really don’t care what names people call him, he deserves it.

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  11. Sandy Schram says:

    So, let me get this straight: if Jim Russell is not a racist, then who is? I am not following the logic here. Jim Russell himself claims to be a racist. How can he not be a racist? If he is not a racist, then no one is a racist. Not Hitler, not the Confederacy, not South African apartheid. Help me out here! Has there never been any racists, including even people like Jim Russell who explicitly embrace the label as a racist?

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  12. Mervel says:

    But he forwarded the emails Brain described to journalists! I think it shows he is kind of out of it. Not that it is any better among friends but if you forward a racist email to a journalist when you are considering a run for statewide office it means you are so racist you don’t even recognize the email as racist or you don’t care or you are out of it, none are good.

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  13. Bret4207 says:

    Mervel, who knows EXACTLY what happened? I googled this a bit and I can’t determine exactly what trnaspired. Maybe someone else can find out exactly who was emailed and exactly what the email contained. And then you have to ask if this “journalist” is someone Palidino considered a friend. It wouldn’t be the first time a reporter chummed up to someone and then stabbed them in the back, or have we all forgotten Connie Chung and Newts mother?

    This is one of those cases where we have an unpolished, non-career politician goofing up. Wow, Palidino didn’t spend his whole life grooming to be Governor. So maybe he’s not what we’re used to. Does anyone truly believe Andrew Cuomo doesn’t have any skeletons in his closet? The difference is Cuomo has Daddy and his machine there to cover up the dirt, by burying it deep. I have a cousin who worked in Cuomo Sr’s office, the guy was slimy as slimy gets. Junior will be more of the same.

    I don’t know if Palidino will get my vote in Nov. At this point, sure, I’d rather have him than Andrew. Polish doesn’t matter to me. I’d lots rather have a somewhat odd Governor committed to one term and true reform in Albany than a political heir who plays the game and has no intention of changing anything for the better. Palidino could be a dry alky, pagan, vegan, homosexual with green hair and facial piercings who attends nudist weekends and believes in the Easter Bunny- I don’t care as long as he wants to reform spending and borrowing and wants to kick butt in Albany. Until he comes up with some ideas that I don’t agree with I see him as doing far less damage than Cuomo. If he comes up with some stuff I don’t agree with (beyond this dust cloud garbage which he can’t possible enforce) then we’ll see. Maybe I’ll sit this one out if he does that.

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  14. Matt Hale says:

    This man should run for President.

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  15. oa says:

    Wow, Brian, this topic certainly brought a lot of, shall we say, interesting new viewpoints into your comments section.

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  16. Geroge says:

    There is no white ethnicity. It exists only in the figment of American imagination. But, there is a white race. There is no Asian ethnicity..Asian race, yes.

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