Ex-NFL star Thurman Thomas of Buffalo Bills backs NY GOP gov candidate, says he’s not racistBy AP
Friday, September 17, 2010
Ex-NFL star: NY GOP gov candidate isn’t racist
ALBANY, N.Y. — Former Buffalo Bills star Thurman Thomas is trying to do an end run around those trying to paint the Republican candidate for New York governor as a racist who doesn’t care for the poor.
Thomas says in a YouTube video released Friday that he’s known Carl Paladino for years as a man who created hundreds of jobs for people of color and funded a homeless mission for 15 years to feed, educate and house Buffalo’s poorest families.
Thomas says in the campaign video that Paladino isn’t a racist and he’ll be a governor for all New Yorkers.
Democrats and others have criticized Paladino for forwarding racist and sexist e-mails to his friends in the past. Paladino has said he regrets that.
There was no immediate comment from Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo.
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