Originally they called themselves teabaggers, until they found out what teabagging was. But now they might get an even worse name: “the party of neigh”. It turns out that Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York governor who is running as a Tea Partier, has been sending out off-color emails to a long list of political and business associates. One of those emails features a woman having graphic sex with a horse. Others have racist themes.

Paladino, who says that he is “the only Republican in the race who agrees 100 percent with conservative values” also fathered a child during an extramarital affair he had a decade ago with an employee.

However, his emails show he values stable relationships, and he was just feeling his oats with a cute filly.

In his own defense, Palatino claimed of the emails he sent, “few represented his own opinion” and that his critics should saddle up and ride off into the sunset. I might just laugh myself hoarse.

UPDATE: It turns out this isn’t the first political mention of equine relationships. Here’s a pretty funny video from (believe it or not) former maverick John McCain, about his Republican primary challenger: