Heated Confrontation Between Paladino and Post Reporter

September 30, 2010 Updated Sep 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 30, 2010 Updated Sep 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/NYDailyNews.com/The Capitol Report)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino on the stump Wednesday night, and he is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The Buffalo businessman was in Lake George Wednesday night at the Sagamore Inn. As he arrived to give a speech to the New York State Business Council Dinner, he was approached by New York Post reporter Fred Dicker.

Dicker demanded to know what evidence Paladino had to his claim that Andrew Cuomo had cheated on his ex-wife.

That is when things got hot.

Shouting, yelling, pushing and shoving followed.

Producers for "The Capitol Report" ( seen weeknights at 6 on Eyewitness News ) captured all of it on video, along with other media outlets.

Here is an excerpt of how the New York Daily News political reporter recounted the event:

As Paladino was walking in, he was approached by New York Post State Editor and radio personality Fred Dicker and a few other reporters -- and what could have been a regular Q & A session turned into a toe-to-toe confrontation.

After Dicker asked Paladino what evidence he had to make accusations to Maghabe at Politico that Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Andrew Cuomo had cheated on his ex -wife, Blain reports, Paladino turned the tables, assailing Dicker over the Post's coverage of the daughter he fathered a decade ago with a woman other than his wife.

"I want to know why you sent your goons after my daughter, Fred," Paladino demanded. "You send another goon to my daughter's house and I'll take you out, buddy!"

Paladino's campaign manager, Michael Caputo, separated the two men and sent his candidate into the men's room to calm down. Then, Caputo accused Dicker of working for Cuomo and doing his dirty work, so to speak.

At one point, Blain says, Paladino cursed Dicker, saying, "F--- him!"

Paladino's campaign released a statement Thursday stating that The New York Post sent a photographer to the home of his 10-year-old daughter, and that Carl was trying to protect his family. Read the full release under 'Related Content.'