Paladino Campaign Re-Focuses on Issues

October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 7:01 PM EDT

By Ginger Geoffery

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October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 7:01 PM EDT

Republican candidate for Governor of New York Carl Paladino may to be trying to shift the focus of the campaign by spending more time talking about issues such as repealing the capital gains taxes and cutting the corporate franchise tax. The Buffalo businessman-turned candidate's "mad as hell" theme seems to be what voters statewide know most about Paladino so far particularly after last week's confrontation with a New York Post writer.

Paladino's campaign still lags far behind Democrat Andrew Cuomo's at this point in terms of fundraising. That could present some challenges for Paladino in getting his message out, but some political analysts question whether fundraising will ultimately be a difference-maker. "Paladino needs enough money to get out there. He doesn't have to match Cuomo," says Michael Haselswerdt, a Political Science Professor at Canisius College, "He needs enough to be competitive. So if he wants to put another $10 million of his own money into it, I have a feeling that money isn't going to be what matters on this."

There is still no word on if and when Paladino and Cuomo will debate. Haselswerdt believes there will likely be one debate and it will probably happen closer to election day in November rather than sooner.