Paladino Apologizes for Inappropriate E-mails

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 13, 2010 at 6:29 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 13, 2010 at 6:29 AM EDT

More controversy for Carl Paladino.

The local gubernatorial candidate is under attack, accused of sending inappropriate and offensive e-mails.

Those e-mails target women and minorities, including pornographic videos showing bestiality and use of the "N" word.

The e-mails were obtained by WNYMedia.Net and were allegedly forwarded by Paladino during the past few years.

"The fact that they're bringing it out now is an attempt at smearing," the Republican candidate for governor said following a Tea Party event on Monday at Buffalo's Inner Harbor.

By late afternoon, Paladino addressed the media again, and this time apologized for sending the e-mails.

"I confess to being human and imperfect," he said outside his offices at the Ellicott Square Building.

"To any of the ladies that I've offended, I apologize," said Paladino. "I say this to the men out there who have never opened a graphic image on the Internet: Don't vote for me."

Paladino said he did not know what was in "half of those e-mails that I forwarded," adding he just pushed the button.

"For him to pass those e-mails on just points out his insensitivity," said Frank Mesiah, president of the Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP.

"I'm not saying he's a racist," Mesiah said. "I'm saying he's totally insensitive to race."

Paladino said the e-mails will not hurt his chances to gain the Republican Party's nomination this summer.