On November 2, 2010, New York voters will choose their next Governor. Andrew Cuomo is widely seen to be a lock for the election, but he is not running unopposed. He faces a single challenger in the Democratic primary, a man named Jimmy McMillan of the “The Rent is Too Damned High” party. Cuomo will likely win the primary with no trouble at all since his opponent has been completely ignored by the press and the Democratic Party.
After September 14, 2010, Andrew Cuomo will be running for election against the winner of the Republican primary which will either be the NY Republican party’s choice, Rick Lazio, or political newcomer, Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino.
Rick Lazio is best known for his lackluster campaign and stunning defeat to out an out-of-stater whose only prior qualification for political office was by marriage, former First Lady and current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. He has had ten years to wash the stench of failure from himself and has failed miserably. Shortly before he was nominated as the Republican choice to run for Senate against Hillary Clinton, he fell flat on his while marching in a parade. That also pretty well sums up how his Senate campaign went.
The New York Republican Party did a huge disservice to New Yorkers when the selected Lazio as the GOP representative in this year’s Gubernatorial race by attempting to deny voters the opportunity to choose for themselves who would be best to run for governor via primary election. Party crossover Steve Levy was left in the dust and the New York State Republican party also tried to push Carl Paladino to the side but Mr. Paladino wasn’t having it.
After the New York Republican Party chose to deny voters a choice in a primary, Mr. Paladino collected 28,000 signatures and successfully petitioned to get on the ballot and force a primary against Rick Lazio. His campaign has been steadily gaining popularity by people who are sick and tired of slick politicians and Albany’s shenanigans.
Rick Lazio calls himself a conservative Republican, but his position on issues that are important to conservative voters shows otherwise. The fact that he is not an aggressive campaigner does not bode well for anyone hoping to prevent another Cuomo from ascending to Governorship of New York either.
A Lazio primary win will equal a sure victory for Andrew Cuomo in the general election, whereas if Paladino wins the primary, Republicans would at least have a fighting chance to prevent yet another Democratic Attorney General from becoming Governor of New York (remember how well it worked out with Eliot “I’m a f*king steamroller” Spitzer?). If voters are interested in more of the same of what we’ve endured for the past few years under liberal Democratic leadership, then they should give their votes to Cuomo and Lazio, either way ensures that we end up with another Cuomo in charge of our state.
If voters are truly fed up with our dysfunctional government and stagnant economy, they should give successful businessman Carl Paladino a chance. Paladino is not afraid to speak plainly and honestly nor is he intimidated by politicians no matter how big their name may be (unlike Lazio who refuses to even debate his opponent, perhaps he’s afraid of another embarrassment like when he shoved papers in Hillary Clintons face). New York State might do well with fresh new leadership from a person who is not a career politician and has experience in successfully making money.
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“Paladino for the People: Carl Paladino for Governor of New York”, Paladino for the People: Carl Paladino for Governor of New York
“Paladino Petitions Not Challenged”, Capital Tonight