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Paladino Endures a Hitting Slump in the Late Innings

Perhaps the baseball-bat style loses its appeal after a while . . .

Despite his lead among the many New York State likely voters angry with state government, Republican Carl Paladino is falling behind New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for governor, and now trails 55 – 37 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

 This compares to a 49 – 43 percent Cuomo lead in a September 22 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University, conducted one week after Paladino’s landslide Republican primary win.

But perhaps Paladino can turn it around with . . . er, a major televised announcement on every channel:

“Paladino has purchased a [block of TV time] in Buffalo with the 3 network affiliates at 5:13 with a satellite uplink avail for downstate media. You cannot turn on the major channels with-out seeing Carl.

“The broadcast will be rerun in Rochester, Albany and Syracuse (broadcast ) and Channel 12 on LI, plus Westchester Fox cable later that evening,” Source 1 tells me. “YNN and NY-1 [were] asked to sell Paladino time for statewide reach — they both declined. [He is] trying to buy FOX statewide at 5:13… Simulcast difficult — may be on at 6 p.m. Huge audience. Then the campaign looked to put it up statewide on a Sports network where few women watch. [It] fell through — too complicated for simulcast. [About] 45 % of general elections upstate will see it…. Satellite will reach [approximately] another 30 % through news outlets.”

Paladino is taping this message — whatever it may be — at 4 p.m., and it will post online at 5:13 p.m., Source 1 said.

Hmmm.“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical.”

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