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Guv's race: Paladino shrugs off lack of newspaper endorsements

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has received the endorsement
of nearly every newspaper in the state - big and small, upstate and
downstate - in his bid for governor.

His opponent, Carl Paladino, has two, his staff say. The New York Sun,
which publishes online only, and another small paper aides couldn't
remember the name of on Monday.

Paladino said Monday he didn't care.

"We didn't go around asking for endorsements from people, from
newspaper boards," Paladino said in Lockport at a campaign rally.

In fact, Paladino did not visit one newspaper editorial board to seek
its endorsement after he won the Republican primary on Sept. 14. While
newspaper endorsements are seen as less important in the era of the
Internet, most candidates still sit down with editorial boards, and an
endorsement is often seen as more helpful to insurgent candidates than
for establishment types who are expected to get them.

But Paladino, who has battled with his hometown paper, the Buffalo
News, saw the meetings as a waste of time, said campaign manager
Michael Caputo.

"It was Carl's plan and we agreed," Caputo said.

The candidate did speak with nine newspaper editorial boards before
the GOP primary, including the New York Times and the New York Post,
Caputo said. But the effort didn't get results, he said.

"Most of them would not give us a chance anyway," Caputo said.

A Cuomo spokesman said the attorney general met with several newspaper
editorial boards to seek their endorsement for the general election.

Paladino's supporters have been upset by the lack of endorsements. Tea
party activists burned copies of the Buffalo News, which endorsed
Cuomo, in a Buffalo area park last week. And an announcer at
Paladino's final campaign rally Monday night told hundreds of
supporters to cancel their subscriptions.

"And when you do, tell them why," the announcer said.

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