10/05/2010 09:37 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Election Round-Up: Paladino's Dog Attacks; Democrats Retreat In New Ads

Paladino's Dog Dukes It Out

Like dog, like owner: Carl Paladino's pitbull attacked a passing Labrador yesterday after Paladino addressed a crowd of Tea Party supporters in the Finger Lakes. However, the Times insists the attack was a fluke: "Duke, a 5-year-old British Staffordshire bull terrier, is not known to be a hothead. He can often be found curled up on a couch or digging lazily through trash in Mr. Paladino's offices."

Democrats Release New Ads

Meanwhile, Democrats released a slew of new ads that play down Democratic strategies, and instead posit the candidates as independent voices in a move to appeal to voters.

"Representative Scott Murphy boasts that he voted against his party on one measure this year because he wanted to cut the budget deficit more," The Times reports. Senator Charles Schumer, who recently appeared in fellow Democrat Eric Schneiderman's commercial, champions cutting taxes; and Long Island Representative Timothy H. Bishop promises in one commercial to fight for "no more bailouts."

"In a year of insurgency and anti-incumbency, being a Republican in New York State is, for the first time in a long time, not a bad thing," Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf tells the Times. Or, as puts it: ""Democrat" has become a dirty word for Democrats."

Comptroller Debate

The candidates vying to be New York's next comptroller had an NY1-sponsored debate last night. Republican Harry Wilson and incumbent Thomas DiNapoli battled on who would handle New York's pension fund better. Wilson pushed for the state to cut taxes, while DiNapoli argued that the comptroller wasn't responsible for cutting taxes at all.