Attack Ads Dominate Campaigns in Governor's Race

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM EDT

By John Borsa

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- It's the final week before Election Day and the top campaigns in the race for New York Governor are turning up the heat -- entering full on assault mode.

Democrat Andrew Cuomo launched a new attack ad over the weekend, accusing an aide of his Republican rival of being wanted by police.

The spot states that Paladino's driver, Rus Thompson, "has an open arrest warrant."

Not true, said Thompson. While he admits to pleading guilty to a DUI charge two decades ago, Thompson said there are no warrants out for his arrest.

It's just one example of how the contentious campaign is heating up.

While in Niagara Falls on Monday, Cuomo slammed Paladino for forwarding raunchy e-mails before he announced his candidacy. The e-mails are also mentioned in Cuomo's newest campaign ad.

The Paladino camp said it is not surprised by the commercial.

"Well I believe Andrew Cuomo getting dirty at this point in the campaign reveals one thing that's very important about Albany," said Michael Caputo, Paladino's campaign manager. "All of the career politicians -- like Andrew -- are dirty campaigners."

Paladino has launched an attack ad of his own, taking aim at his Democratic opponent.

Political analysts believe the race could get even nastier in the final days.

"The candidates are going to take their best shot and if it happens to be a negative shot, they're going to take it," said Eyewitness News Political Analyst Bob Davis.