The campaign headquarters of a Republican contender in the New York governor's race received a bomb threat on Tuesday from a self-proclaimed black militant group, one day after racially charged e-mails the candidate had sent surfaced in the media.
No bomb was found in the Buffalo, N.Y., office of candidate Carl Paladino, which got the telephone threat, said his spokesman, Michael Caputo.
"In a 50-second conversation with a campaign volunteer the man identified himself as a representative of a 'black militant group' and said his group would 'bomb all of you,'" he said.
Popular with politically conservative New York Tea Party members, Paladino is seeking the Republican nomination in the race to succeed Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat who is not seeking another term.
A series of e-mails containing pornography and racial jokes that Paladino had sent or forwarded surfaced on a local media Web site on Monday, prompting him to tell reporters: "I am not a racist."
He apologized to women who may have been offended.
Paladino, a wealthy real-estate owner in Buffalo, faces Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and former Congressman Rick Lazio in September's Republican primary.
Paladino has said he will spend $10 million of his own money on his campaign.
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