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Gov. race: Paladino set to announce -- something?

As C. Katz is carrying on about, Carl Paladino has scheduled a major announcement for today but the content may not be all that mysterious. He's bought up TV time for the purpose and it seems likely he'll try one way or another to dispel the quickly-gelled cartoon image of himself as an out-of-control ranter, which now seems to be refelected in polls.

Put it in this context from Epstein:

WEST SENECA - While some leading Republicans urged Carl Paladino to tone down his personal attacks on state political leaders, the candidate for governor Wednesday cooled his rhetoric but suggested no end in sight to his personal attacks on "the political elite."

"People in Albany think this has been a rough ride," Paladino told supporters in a crowded Irish bar in this suburb just across the Buffalo city line. "They don't have any clue. Watch the next couple weeks."

Yet Paladino was relatively reserved in brief comments. He didn't - as he did Tuesday - refer to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) or Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as criminals, and left his references to the political elite oblique.

It mirrored his appearance on Fox News, during which Paladino grumbled about the credibility of Tuesday's Siena Poll that showed him 24 points behind Cuomo. But he refrained from accusing Cuomo of taking bribes, as he had been doing until Wednesday.

Wednesday night, Paladino was buying network television time for a live announcement at 5 p.m. Thursday, said campaign manager Michael Caputo.

Paladino's remarks Wednesday also came after Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said the Buffalo businessman's personal attacks are "scaring off people" and suggested he has 10 days to save his campaign. On Tuesday night, Paladino adviser Roger Stone and Paladino's former running mate, former New York City Councilman Thomas Ognibene of Queens, both urged Paladino to refrain from continued personal attacks on Silver and Cuomo.

"People are welcome to say anything that they want," Paladino said. "We're still on message and we'll stay on message."

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