Paladino: NY’ers Are Fed Up With Government

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — The political establishment is on the run in New York.

Fed-up voters are doing a victory dance Wednesday and setting their sights on November after stunning primary results. It’s a story of everyday people fighting back at the ballot box.

“New Yorkers are mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore,” Carl Paladino said Tuesday night after winning the GOP nomination for the New York governor’s race.

It was a wave of disgust with Albany that helped set the Empire State’s political establishment on its ear, with primary results that sent messages to both Democrats and Republicans.

“There’s a people’s revolution. Everyday New Yorkers are just mad enough to force change at the ballot box. The people have had enough,” Paladino said.

Paladino rode a wave of Tea Party support, swamping Republican Convention pick Rick Lazio. Leading by 29 points in a June poll, Lazio lost Tuesday by 25 points.

Paladino spoke with 1010 WINS Wednesday and said his primary victory was a message from New Yorkers that they weren’t going to take politics as usual anymore.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Justin Schrager interviews Carl Paladino
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LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell Reports

“The faces are different but the look is the same. There’s no grounded government around them. They don’t know what to tell their kids. They’re fed up with it. They’re fed up with government up in the air someplace headed for another planet,” Paladino said.

Paladino warned his opponents and the Albany establishment that he was coming and that he was going to “take [them] down.”

“People want change. They can’t stand it anymore. It doesn’t matter what the party label is. The people want change,” Paladino told 1010 WINS, “it doesn’t matter if it’s upstate or downstate.”

Paladino also called for 48 debates with Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo over the next 48 days.

At the Republican State Convention last summer, Paladino mustered just 8-percent of the support of party stalwarts, but he used an insurgent candidacy to turn the tables on them, beating their hand-picked favorite — Lazio.

It was his Albany smack down that did it.

“They say I’m an angry man, and that’s true. We’re all angry, not just because we woke on the wrong side of the bed. We’re angry about paying the highest income taxes and property taxes in the nation and getting less and less for it,” Paladino said.

Paladino will have both the Republican and Tea Party lines when he runs against the $24 million man, Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

In another election development,  former Senator Al D’Amato, former Mayor Ed Koch and former State Comptroller Carl McCall issued an open letter to New Yorkers declaring Paladino unfit to be governor.

The letter accuses Paladino of practicing a destructive brand of politics.  D’Amato says he understands voters are angry, but feels Paladino is over the top.

“He is dangerous, at the least, he is mean spirited and he tries to divide people.” D’Amato told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

Paladino’s campaign manager Michael Caputo said the three men are career politicians who only want to preserve their insider access.

“You would expect that kind of rhetoric from pigs whose heads are being pulled from the trough.,” Caputo said.

Republican analyst and political strategist Mike Edelman said the primary sends a message to GOP power brokers who tried to derail Paladino.

“You’re tone deaf. Pick candidates we can identify with, and pick candidates who are really going to change things – not candidates that simply say they’re going to change things,” Edelman said.

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One Comment

  1. Alan says:

    Without a major change in the Assembly or Senate, any governor is powerless to do anything.

  2. Greg says:

    In 2000, Cuomo required a quantum leap in the number of affordable, low-to-moderate-income loans that the two mortgage banks—known collectively as Government Sponsored Enterprises—would have to buy. The GSEs don’t actually sell mortgages to borrowers. They buy them from banks and mortgage companies, allowing lenders to replenish their capital and make more loans. They also purchase mortgage-backed securities, which are pools of mortgages regularly acquired by the GSEs from investment firms. The government chartered these banks to pump money into the mortgage market and, while they did it, to make a strong enough profit to attract shareholders. That created a tug-of-war between their efforts to maximize shareholder value, which drove them toward high-end mortgages, and their congressionally mandated obligation to finance loans for those who needed help. The 1992 law required HUD’s secretary to make sure housing goals were being met and, every four years, set new goals for Fannie and Freddie.

    ~The Village Voice, 2008 (not exactly a conservative think tank). (Google Cuomo Housing crisis for full article.

    Stop letting career politicians bury America.

    1. Dan Te says:

      Why do you think Cuomo will not debate, Greg? Right now, all the major media outlets are deliberately not reporting on how Cuomo single handedly caused this mortgage mess. If it comes up in a debate, there’s no way to hide it.

  3. Ami says:

    As long as he helps make Gay marriage legal in NYC and does not allow the mosque to be built near Ground Zero he’s got my vote!

  4. RoseAnn says:

    Paladino will be a breath of fresh air he’s got my vote in November

  5. Johnny says:

    Indeed, God bless you Paladino! You have my vote come November!

  6. nathan says:

    wait until the Paladino emails hit the internet…

  7. T.Paine says:

    Wow, the powers that be are obviously very scared of Paladino. The day after he wins the primary, Democrat and Republican politicos (Koch, D’Amato, McCall) join forces to slander him. They baiscally said that Paladino is a wealthy racist and anti-semitic lackey for special interests who is comparable to white supremacists. What a farce! They also said that electing Paladino would break from the NY tradition of “ellecting highly qualified, forward-looking statewide candidates – both Democrats and Republicans?” Like who? Eliot Spitzer, Pedro Espada, Hiram Monserrate, Joseph Bruno, Charlie Rangel etc, etc etc. NY politicians are as corrupt as the day is long. It’s time for some real change before the state is destroyed by these life-long “politicians”. I planned on voting for Paladino and the Open Letter by Koch, D’Amato et al has just confirmed that my original instinct was correct.

  8. Julia says:

    God bless Paladino and the Tea Party Express. witha president who sides with the enemy and a mayor who defends a memorial to terrorists and the asphyxiation of businesses with all of this regulation and taxes and taxes. ….

    There is finally a man who stands up for our disgust at the MACHINE polititicians.

    God bless Paladino . I pray also that we put GOD back into Government.

  9. Zaphod Beeblebrox says:

    New Yorkers should all get out and vote to keep this crook from becoming governor.

    1. RICH Novak says:

      Maybe it is time to consider other options.

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      Thank YOU!

      RICH Novak

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