Cuomo Dodges Astorino Questions by Hyping Potential GOP Challengers

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Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today did his best to undermine his new Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, suggesting Mr. Astorino might not even win his own primary.

Even as Mr. Astorino appears likely to become the Republican nominee–the only other prominent candidate, Donald Trump, said he would only run unopposed–Mr. Cuomo nevertheless cast doubt on Mr. Astorino.

“I’ve seen the movie before. I’ve run for governor before, obviously. That’s how you become governor, to state the obvious,” he said this morning, speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show. Continue reading “Cuomo Dodges Astorino Questions by Hyping Potential GOP Challengers”

Carl Paladino Predicts ‘God-Like’ Andrew Cuomo’s Demise

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Carl Paladino on Capital Tonight. (Photo: ynn.com)

Republican Carl Paladino, who badly lost to Gov. Andrew Cuomo back in 2010, is predicting his former electoral foe will lose his re-election bid next year.

Speaking yesterday on YNN’s Capital Tonight, Mr. Paladino, never known for mincing words, slammed the governor as “self-absorbed” and “egotistical” and declared his gun legislation would be his end.

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David Paterson Discusses Cuomo’s ‘Brilliant Strategy,’ Shelly’s Scandal and Why Carl Paladino Should ‘Shut Up’

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Politicker ran into former Governor David Paterson while he was working the room inside the CNN Grill at the DNC Wednesday and we asked him about all of the drama that surrounded the New York delegation at the convention. Mr. Paterson heaped praise upon Mr. Cuomo and the delegation’s leader, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and he had harsh words for one of their critics,bat-wielding 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.

“Carl Paladino should take that bat and hit himself in the head with it, it would do us all a favor,” said Mr. Paterson. Continue reading “David Paterson Discusses Cuomo’s ‘Brilliant Strategy,’ Shelly’s Scandal and Why Carl Paladino Should ‘Shut Up’”

Paladino: Press Has Worked to Undermine Newt Gingrich’s Candidacy

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Carl Paladino (Photo: NY1)

For Republican voters in New York, it’s Election Day today and you have the choice of voting for Mitt Romney for president, or for one of the three other names on the ballot, two of whom are still technically vying for the nomination.

And it’s sentences like the above that has fueled former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s latest beef.

“You guys in the press have been beating down any opposition to Romney for months. You started four or five months ago telling us, ‘Romney’s going to win. Romney’s going to win,’ and trying to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he declared on Inside City Hall last night. “That’s wrong!”

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Dean Skelos, Carl Paladino Is Looking For You

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Carl Paladino (Photo: Facebook)

The Politicker was a little startled this morning to find no one other than Carl Paladino hanging out in the lobby of the Rochester Convention Center as he made his way in to the New York State Republican Convention.

Mr. Paladino, after all, ran for governor in 2010 bashing the party establishment, including State Chairman Ed Cox.

Still, Mr. Paladino said he was there to cast his vote for Wendy Long, the conservative lawyer vying for a spot on the ballot today. He told us why he’s backing Ms. Long and shared his thoughts on the state of Newt Gingrich, his pick in the Republican presidential primary. Mr. Paladino also let us know he’d like to give Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos a piece of his mind. Continue reading “Dean Skelos, Carl Paladino Is Looking For You”

Carl Paladino Calls for Dean Skelos’ Immediate Resignation

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Carl Paladino (Photo: Facebook)

2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino isn’t too happy with Dean Skelos.

A letter Mr. Paladino is circulating called the Senate majority leader and fellow Republican “incompetent or diabolical.”

“Your self-serving and weak demeanor and participation in illusion and theatrics in dealing with the Governor, Sheldon Silver and the establishment cabal in Albany are an affront to the people who worked so hard to elect a Republican senate majority only to be thrown under the bus,” Mr. Paladino wrote in the letter, which was also sent to various leaders of the New York Republican Party, the press, and “Everyone Else.”

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Carl Paladino on Cuomo: 'He Didn't Solve Shit'

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Carl Paladino (Photo: Facebook)

Carl Paladino, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who ran against Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2010, is not happy with the rave reviews his former opponent has received for his first year in office. Governor Cuomo has gladly taken credit for solving a $10 billion budget deficit and ushering in a new era of bipartisan cooperation in Albany.

Mr Paladino, who spoke to The Politicker while campaigning for Newt Gingrich in New Hampshire, argued the governor’s supposed budget accomplishments are “an illusion” based on “contrived” numbers. He also blasted the media for failing to question the governor and Republican leaders in Albany for “selling out their constituency to Andrew Cuomo” and distracting voters from “salient issues” with “the nonsense about gay marriage.” Continue reading “Carl Paladino on Cuomo: 'He Didn't Solve Shit'”