NY's Cuomo: Infidelity Claims in Governor Race Hurtful

October 1, 2010 - 2:36 PM

(AP) - New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo says allegations of marital infidelity leveled at him by his Republican rival are demeaning and hurtful.

Cuomo made his comments Friday on New York City's Staten Island, where he was endorsed by the conservative borough president, James Molinaro.

It was the first time Cuomo has spoken publicly since his GOP opponent, Carl Paladino, suggested in an interview Wednesday that Cuomo may have had "paramours" during his marriage to now ex-wife Kerry Kennedy.

Paladino has acknowledged fathering a child with a mistress 10 years ago.

Paladino subsequently got into a much-publicized dustup with another reporter who pressed Paladino for proof of his allegations. Paladino has since said he has no evidence that Cuomo was unfaithful.

Cuomo says Paladino's comments have hurt his family. He and Kennedy have three daughters.