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01/09/2012 11:02 am ET

Carl Paladino, Newt Gingrich Surrogate, Asks 'What The Fuck Is A Matter' With Rest Of Field

Failed New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino traveled north to New Hampshire this weekend to support presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and to hurl insults at the rest of the GOP field.

Employing his trademark abrasive rhetorical style, Paladino took direct aim at Jon Huntsman and Gingrich's other rivals for comments made during Saturday's debate in New Hampshire.

From Chris Moody of Yahoo! News:

"You heard heard Huntsman last night? 'Oh my God, China's so strong! What the f**k is a matter with these people?," Paladino said of the GOP debate on Saturday. "That was nonsense. You know, he should go live in China if he feels that way. We buy all their godd**n goods and when we put tariffs on, they're going to come to their knees. That's bullshit."

While this type of coarse language might seem unusually harsh for some figures, it's typical for Paladino. After losing his election to current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2010, Paladino -- who managed to get 37 percent of the vote despite becoming embroiled in a raunchy email scandal -- brought a baseball bat to his concession speech and suggested that he might take it to Cuomo.

Not all of Paladino's weekend campaign efforts featured excessive profanity. Slate's Dave Weigel reports that he also used some more family-friendly language, while still aggressively going after the candidates.

"Romney's a plastic tool of the Republican establishment," said Paladino. "He's got his 25 percent, and we're tryin' to get the conservative 75 percent." He was optimistic about this. "At some point, the voters figure out that Ron Paul will head back to his mothership, and that Huntsman's in over his head, and that Perry's just angling for a job."

Paladino's support for Gingrich, whom he endorsed in December, has been largely focused on his opposition to the New York GOP's decision to endorse Romney.

"One of the reasons I'm on this thing is because when I called our Republican leadership in New York State, I found they're all jumping on Mitt Romney's bandwagon," Paladino told Capital New York. "I said, 'What the hell is the matter with you people? What are you doing getting on somebody's bandwagon? You're supposed to be serving the Republican rank and file.' And they looked at me like a deer in the headlights, just like Romney looks at you."

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