NY GOP gubernatorial nominee gets trashy in new voter push

Holly Bailey

Fresh off his primary win, New York GOP gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino has come up with an unusual idea on how to win votes this fall: He's sending 200,000 New Yorkers a flier that smells like garbage. Seriously.

As the Associated Press reports, the Paladino flier is trying to make a point about corruption scandals that have dominated the state capital. "Something STINKS in Albany," the flier reads. It features photos of seven state Democrats — six of whom have been investigated over various scandals in the past four years. It does not include a photo of Andrew Cuomo, Paladino's Democratic opponent, who is heavily favored to win in November.

Of course, Paladino's campaign was not content with just sending the message that Albany stinks. The flier is actually scented with the odor of "landfill," according to a Paladino spokesman, who helpfully notes the smell will get worse the longer it is exposed.

No word on how much Paladino is spending to stink up mailboxes — or what even goes into perfecting the synthetic aroma of "landfill."

(Photo by Tim Roske/AP)