Mario Referenced in NY Governor Race

Putting aside garbage-scented political flyers, at least for the time being, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has invoked a world-famous videogame character for his latest attack on Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo.

The latest flyer features Cuomo’s face on a caricature of Mario under the headline “Andrew Has Been Playing the Albany Game for 30 Years.”

Another recent flyer pictured Cuomo in the shower, with the text “Clean up Albany? Start with Cuomo.”

Just last month Paladino spokesman Mike Caputo promised, “We’re going to continue beating on Andrew Cuomo until he comes out and answers questions and agrees to a series of debates.”

For more on Paladino be sure to check out this Gawker tag, which assembles all of the site’s gleeful coverage of the candidate’s missteps to-date.

Our personal favorite from Paladino’s flyer collection is a selection from early on in the campaign and features Steve Levy, Paladino’s opponent for the Republican nomination,  and Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee.

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    JDKJ says:

    The fair use of copyrighted material for the purposes of commentary or criticism is not an infringement of the copyright. That’s as well-settled in law as well-settled can possibly be.

    I’d be much more inclinded to have you school me on what political satire is if you could manage to spell the term correctly.

    And Nintendo can jump on Paladino all they want. I’ve a sneaking suspicion that he’s not easily intimidated. I wouldn’t be either, if I had a net worth of $150 million.

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    Lou says:

    You need to learn what polititcal satire is. When other people use copyright material they tend to alter more than one item and this is a cheap photoshop job. And I’ve seen Nintendo jumping on people for things a lot tamer than this.

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    Lou says:

    The campaign manager of Paladino must have some serious stones between his legs. I really doubt Nintendo will take this in stride. A cease and desist letter must be on it’s way to the Campaign office.

    Wait isn’t Paladino the guy who got involved in a shouting match with editor-in-chief of the New York Post over some stuff he made up about his opponent?

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