Paladino Not Politically Deceased…Yet
Our good buddy Carl Paladino is clinging to a hope that he will, in some way, shape or form, appear on the ballot for governor and have a good chance to win, as well.
An appearance on the ballot just might occur, as will support from Genesee County (I didn’t even know where that was until I looked it up).
Daily Politics had coverage of both on their blog. As for getting on the ballot, his new Taxpayers party is seemingly in order:
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino is set to deliver 28,000 signatures for his new “Taxpayers” ballot line to the Board of Elections this morning, ostensibly giving him a lifeline to stay in the game if he doesn’t win his GOP primary fight against party nominee Rick Lazio.
Paladino Campaign Manager Michael Caputo said the signatures — gathered by some 2,000 petition carriers — cover all 29 Congressional Districts and are still pouring in by the day.
“It’s a remarkable thing — we’re all really humbled by it,” Caputo said.
What’s more, he said, the petition carriers can now turn their efforts — and those of their friends — to a statewide GOTV effort on Paladino’sbehalf.
As you may recall, the wealthy Western New York businessman made a promise back in May to try to run on a Tea Party-oriented line. He held an online poll to determine the name of the ballot line, and “Taxed Enough Already” (TEA, get it?) was the winner.
However, Paladino ended up modifying that slightly, saying he did not want to run or even appear to run as the anointed son of the Tea Party movement, although he certainly empathizes with many of its points. (He also got a few complaints.)
At one point, Paladino had said that he wouldn’t pursue the race on the third-party line alone if he were to lose the GOP line to Lazio, but has since changed his mind in light of the fact that Lazio could continue running on the Conservative Party line.
“Why should Carl Paladino forswear the Taxpayers Party if Rick Lazio has made a commitment to [Conservative Party Chair] Mike Long to run all the way to Election Day even if he loses the Republican primary?” Caputo asked. “Carl is keeping is options open.”
Be sure to visit Celeste Katz’s Daily Politics for the full story.
As for Genesee County, LoHud .com had the story on that one:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is poised to pick up the endorsement tomorrow of Genesee County Republicans.
Paladino’s campaign said this will be the first of many GOP announcements backing Paladino in advance of his primary against the party’s pick, Rick Lazio, on Sept. 14.
“Don’t worry if you can’t attend this one. There will be many more,” Paladino’s news release states.
Genesee County Republican Chairman Richard Siebert plans to say the party is backing Paladino at the afternoon event in Batavia. Siebert had wanted Erie County Executive Chris Collins in the race, and then backed Steve Levy’s short-lived candidacy.
Other elected officials are planning to attend, including Republican Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, Assemblyman Steve Hawley and Mary Pat Hancock, chairwoman of the Genesee County Legislature.
Whether they are going to officially endorse Paladino is uncertain, but Ranzenhofer told Liz Benjamin this afternoon that he’s backing Paladino.
So Carl Paladino is not dead politically after all.
But it’s my guess that the voters will nevertheless see his ship sunk in November. After all, this is the guy who embarrassed himself when it was revealed he had sent a sick array of emails with themes ranging from bestiality to ethnic hate.
Oh, and can someone explain that ugly orange and black color scheme his campaign uses? Everyone keeps asking me about them because there is almost unilateral agreement that it’s hideous.
And this is what we have to choose from? This is the best our party can provide for Governor of the Great State of New York?
Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino?
Steve Levy?–oh, strike that, he’s out…
It makes you wonder just what the heck Ed Cox is doing up there in Albany and whether someone will see if his brain is still operative.
Michael Steele, are you listening?
Oh wait, you’re in trouble yourself…
So what’s a New York Republican to do in the party?
I’m sticking with a three word mantra: reform, reform, reform!
That’s what we need to get this state back in order.