Michael R. Caputo works for Carl P. Paladino, the Republican nominee for New York governor.

But Mr. Caputo is his own brand of Republican. He cites Ronald Reagan and Jerry Garcia as people who have shaped his worldview (he has attended hundreds of Grateful Dead concerts). He has also written extensively on protecting the environment.

“He’s a countercultural guy,” said Mr. Stone, who is second only to Mr. Caputo’s father on Mr. Caputo’s speed-dial. “He’s as likely to show up in a tie-dyed T-shirt as a three-piece suit.”

Good stuff.