Carl Paladino Insists He’s Kind And Gentle

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says he would get state legislators to cooperate with him by telling them “don’t mess with me.”

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

He also called Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a “criminal.” He has previously accused the powerful Democrat of running the government like a dictatorship.

Paladino spoke Tuesday at a breakfast forum sponsored by Crain’s New York Business.

The Buffalo developer has sought to cast himself as the angry insurgent. But he twice told the audience of business leaders that they were hearing from a “kinder and gentler Carl.”

The Manhattan appearance followed a tumultuous week for the tea party Republican.

Last week Paladino had a confrontation with a New York Post reporter and sought to backpedal from a personal attack he lobbed at Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

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  • Toy

    Crazy Palidino is about as strange as the party that he’s associated with… Even considering putting him public office is about on par with confessing to deep mental issues that SHOULD require forced institutionalization for the good of society…Then again, voting Republican (considering their choices, and the people they consider leaders) should require one to to be examined by a mental health professional… Let’s be honest, Republicans represent a clear and present danger to themselves and others.

  • MissJusticeNY

    VOTE PALADINO! Anyone who votes for Cuomo is voting for more of the same… With Paladino we have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain…

    • KPMc

      Really??? Your life is so horrific right now that you have NOTHING to lose and everything to gain? Or is that just more rhetoric you feel the need to parrot?

      Be careful what you wish for… you just might get it!

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