want to get all preachy again, but: Carl Paladino. Really?
Cuomo deserves to be challenged. He needs to be vetted,
his policies should be contested line by line. But so far
all Republican nominee Paladino has proven he can do is
stir up hate and division. For the state·s sake,
let·s hope Paladino finds something else to run on.
it looks like that·s all he·s got.
of Republicans got snowed on Tuesday night.
touts himself as an outsider who is ·mad as hell·
and wants to hit Albany with a baseball bat. Punchy, punchy,
Rick Lazio ran a terrible campaign and, yes, he obsessed
over the mosque rather than painting a coherent, policy-driven
platform. He deserved to lose big.
why would Paladino, a multimillionaire whose business relies
on state contracts, really want to shake up Albany? And
why would voters want to elect someone whose income relies
so heavily on the state? The man has 27 contracts worth
a total of $85 million leasing office space to state agencies.
Speaker Sheldon Silver has rightly come under fire for not
revealing the clients he represents or his stock portfolio;
that ethical mire holds a plethora of potential conflicts
of interest. But Paladino recently described Silver as ·a
person who would fit the bill of an Antichrist or Hitler.·
So why would anyone want to put Carl Paladino in charge?
like Rupert Murdoch, Paladino is a master of division. Of
richest guy in most of the rooms on his campaign trail·is
promising to slash Medicaid by $20 million, stomp out illegal
immigrants and send inner-city youths to closed prisons
Paladino would like you to think it is the poor and underprivileged
who are draining the state·s coffers·not the
complete fiscal mismanagement both parties have wrought
for decades. And who wouldn·t want to be for stomping
out the poor, letting them fend for themselves? No one wants
to think of themselves as poor, right? So blame them. Blame
the immigrants and the ·inner-city· kids,
people Paladino is selling this line to are, most likely,
not in Paladino·s situation. They don·t have
safety nets built from wads of cash. If they lose their
jobs, end up in the hospital, or blighted by some other
misfortune, they will probably be looking to the state for
assistance. It doesn·t mean they are bums or that
they should be pushed out of New York. It means they are
relying on the social tools created to assist people in
need, so that one turn of fate does not leave them on the
street. So that they can eventually resume a place as productive
members of society·even as consumers who can assist
the economy·s recovery.
abuse these tools? Yes. But to suggest that social services
are bankrupting the state is absurd. It amounts not only
to class warfare, but to hate-mongering.
going to send out a message for the whole country: New York
is no longer a haven for the poor and disenfranchised and
illegals,· Paladino said at a campaign event in Troy
earlier this month.
home. Stay where you are. Our budget will be to serve the
people of New York, not strangers.·
People may relate to Paladino because he is not well-spoken;
he puts on the aura of the angry average Joe. But Paladino
is far from average. He is a man who can dump millions of
his own dollars into his gubernatorial campaign. Can you
do that? I know I can·t.
net worth estimated at $150 million? Do you have the money
and ability, as The New York Times reported Paladino
does, to funnel money to state legislators on both sides
of the aisles to grease the machine?
you have the audacity to claim you are an Albany outsider
after being so thoroughly involved in Albany·s favorite
Paladino says he is ·mad as hell· at New York
State government, do you think he is mad about your property
taxes, mad that you might lose your job?
were caught sending racist, sexist, porn-filled e-mails,
would you keep your job, let alone consider running for
out for Paladino because he has money to burn. And, in the
end, what Paladino will bring to the race against Cuomo
will be money and personality. Personality as in the racist,
poor-bashing, immigrant-loathing character that Paladino
has already displayed.