Ex-NFL star: NY GOP gov candidate isn't racist
Former Buffalo Bills star Thurman Thomas is trying to do an end run around those trying to paint the Republican candidate for New York governor as a racist who doesn't care for the poor.
Thomas says in a YouTube video released Friday that he's known Carl Paladino for years as a man who created hundreds of jobs for people of color and funded a homeless mission for 15 years to feed, educate and house Buffalo's poorest families.
Thomas says in the campaign video that Paladino isn't a racist and he'll be a governor for all New Yorkers.
Democrats and others have criticized Paladino for forwarding racist and sexist e-mails to his friends in the past. Paladino has said he regrets that.
There was no immediate comment from Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo.