New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Palladino walked out of a live television interview after being confronted with charges of sexism for comments he made about Senator Kristen Gillibrand.
Palladino was interview by WCAX-TV while at a campaign stop in Plattsburgh, NY. The Republican, who is trailing Democrat challenger Andrew Cuomo, was asked why he was campaigning in a Republican stronghold with a small percentage of voters only four days away from the election.
“Is this the sign of a campaign in trouble?,” the reporter asked.
“Absolutely not,” Palladino replied through technical difficulties. “These are our friends up here, and we promised them we would be up here before Election Day, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
Palladino was then asked about calling Senator Kristen Gillibrand “Chuck Schumer’s little girl” and if the thought the statement was “sexist” and if he regretted making it.
“No I don’t,” Palladino said. “I was referring to the fact that Ms. Gillibrand votes exactly as Mr. Schumer tells her to, she doesn’t show any mind of her own in voting, and that’s why I referred to her in that way.”
The female reporter continued to press the “sexist” angle of the questioning, at which point Palladino ended the interview and walked away.