So it is with Dicker.
During their angry toe-to-toe confrontation—after Dicker challenged Paladino to back up his public claim that Cuomo had engaged in extramarital affairs during his marriage to Kerry Kennedy—the Republican raged that Dicker was acting as Cuomo’s “stalking horse….his bird dog.”
Paladino was reacting to a pattern in Dicker’s journalistic history that had also driven Spitzer crazy (at least when it turned against him): He falls in love with a politician, viewing him as the state’s savior—until after his election. In Dicker’s eyes (and in his columns), Spitzer could do no wrong—before he took office and could do nothing right. And, as Paladino sees it, it’s happening again with Cuomo, who has clearly been Dicker’s political darling. It won’t last forever, of course—if Cuomo wins, Dicker will drive him crazy too. But for now, Paladino—who’s generated plenty of bad press on his own—is unhappily on the wrong end of Dicker’s affections.
On the next page is an excerpt from Client 9 on Frederic Dicker the man known as "FUD."