This may be one of the most vicious attack ads of the season.
This grossly false and damaging flier, accusing Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich of being a dangerous “sexual predator” and credited to “People For A Safer New York,” is being circulated in the Capitol Region and perhaps beyond. Redlich, as you can read below, has naturally condemned the material…
The backstory is that this seems to come out of a comment Redlich made on his “Stop Wasting Money” blog about the “hubbub” over racy pictures of Miley Cyrus, which reads, in part, ” If you look at literature like Shakespeare, and at some historical figures like Sir William Johnson (a prominent pre-revolutionary leader in New York), you get the impression that it used to be normal for men, even much older men, to be interested in teenage girls.”
When I asked him why, he said: “Everything they say appears to me to 100% accurate. As a grandfather with two grandaughters I find his comments regarding sex with underage girls
offensive and disgusting… The public needs to be educated as to what kind of man Warren Redlich is.” (Stone specified, I should say, that the lit was not distributed by the Davis campaign.)
It’s interesting to me to note that at the big Hofstra gubernatorial debate, more than a few people came away thinking that while Andrew Cuomo appeared most governor-like and the Rent Is Too Damn High candidate, Jimmy McMillan, was most entertaining, Redlich actually put in a performance that was both substantive and showed a healthy sense of humor.
Stone, as you know, has worked not only with Davis, but with Carl Paladino, who did not get great reviews after the event.
I see two motives for Stone’s move.
1) Redlich is likely to split votes with the ideologically similar (although distinct on some issues) Kristin Davis. Destroying Redlich’s credibility could encourage his supporters into the Davis camp. The Albany Times-Union provides some suppport of this conclusion:
Everyone who has contacted me about the flyer has been disgusted by it, and one reader noted it landed in his mail box the same day as a flyer supporting Kristen Davis, the Anti-Prohibition Party candidate. The two mailers share the same postal permit.
2) Stone is still angry about the emails Redlich leaked to the press. The emails contained many revelations about the strategies behind the Davis and Paladino campaigns, including Stone’s idea that Davis could indirectly help Paladino by pulling votes from Cuomo via socially liberal positions.