BUFFALO, N.Y., April 13 (UPI) -- Carl Paladino, a Buffalo developer running for governor of New York, is under fire for forwarding sexually explicit and anti-Obama e-mail messages to friends.
The messages were revealed by WNYMedia.net, The Buffalo News reported. Marc Odien, the managing director, said the messages were leaked by one of the recipients.
Odien describes WNYMedia.net as a liberal "water cooler."
Paladino, a Republican, spoke at a Tea Party event Monday.
The messages include a photograph of President Obama and his wife, Michelle, altered to make them look like a pimp and prostitute. Another photograph showed a woman involved in bestiality.
"Their newsworthiness has to do with the fact that Mr. Paladino is running to be governor of all New Yorkers -- these e-mails degrade women and minorities. And there are more like them," Odien said.
Paladino said sending the messages was a mistake but that he was just trying to share "the humor of the day" with friends.
"I apologize to women who may have been offended," he said. "I'm not politically correct and never have been. I'm not perfect. But if the worst I ever did was send out some nonpolitically correct e-mails -- my God."