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Albany-area GOP leaders dis-invite Paladino

Carl Paladino

Carl Paladino

BUFFALO — Racy and racist e-mails forwarded by Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino have cost him an appearance at a political forum being hosted by Albany-area GOP leaders.

The local Republicans say they’ve withdrawn an invitation for the Buffalo businessman to attend Friday’s regional forum for statewide candidates.

They said in a statement Tuesday there’s “no chance” Paladino would receive the group’s endorsement.

Paladino finds himself in the national spotlight after a Web site revealed he had forwarded e-mails featuring images of bestiality. Another showed an altered photo of President Barack Obama and the first lady cast as a pimp and a prostitute.

Paladino’s spokesman says Wednesday the candidate was never invited to the meeting and had a previous commitment anyway.

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