Paladino: All Aboard the 2020 Gillibandwagon

Carl Paladino, former candidate for New York governor and co-chairman of the New York State committee to elect Donald Trump, sent this to me and others on his email list.

I think it may be interesting to readers because Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand:

1. Has become one of the most outspoken women on the subject of sexual harassment. She publicly said it would have been “an appropriate response” for Bill Clinton to resign after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. She told the New York Times: “Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances, there should be a very different reaction.”

2. Her father, Douglas Rutnik, once worked for NXIVM for four months in 2004 as an attorney, consultant and lobbyist He resigned, according to a source familiar with the matter, because he suspected illegal activities connected with Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman.

3. Mr. Rutnik was sued and settled with NXIVM in 2006. The settlement required him to refund NXIVM the entire earnings he had received from the cult: $100,000.

4. According to Nancy Salzman, Mr. Rutnik “…did not work other than to sexually harass me and try to have sex with me.” That allegation was never proven in court and, given the litigation history of NXIVM, is likely fabricated.

5. The sexual harassment of Keith Raniere is ongoing and is not a fabrication.

6.  Keith Raniere operates his abusive cult in Sen. Gillibrand’s hometown of Albany.

7. While Sen. Gillibrand has had much to say about Bill Clinton and others. she has been silent on Keith Raniere.

Mr. Paladino writes:

In one of the most blatantly political statements in recent memory, Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is finally jumping on the “denounce Bill Clinton” bandwagon ahead of a 2020 presidential campaign.

Mr. Paladino included the following images in his email:



While she was happy to accept Bill Clinton’s help then later ‘fearlessly’ denounce him, it remains to be seen if Sen. Gillibrand will have anything to say about her hometown cult that attacked her father with [false?] allegations of sexual harassment while viciously brutalizing women in her hometown of Albany, New York.


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  • Given Sen. Gillibarnd’s outspokenness on the topic of sexual harassment, it really is quite amazing that she hasn’t had anything to say about Raniere and his sexual abuse of women. At a minimum, she ought to be raising questions as to why the local FBI Office and the local U.S. Attorney have not even bothered to investigate Raniere, let alone prosecute him. Or maybe she should hold a local Town Hall meeting where she can answer questions as to why no federal agency has done anything to put an end to this clown-ass Raniere.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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