Carl Paladino is set to kick off his campaign today. We should be able to tell soon whether or not he’s serious both about running for Governor and about appealing to gun owners. His website has changed Sportsmen for Carl to Gun Owners for Carl.
I’ve had candidates inquire about endorsements for this falls elections for almost a year now and we’re still eight months out from the elections. Contrast that to the Republicans who can’t even find candidates to run in all statewide races. They’re really digging around the bottom of the barrel for people willing to run under their banner.
NewsCopy has a theory on this: Voter suppression strategies relying on less-than-competitive top-of-the-ticket races to ensure that Democrats don’t overcome Republicans and they can win back control of the State Senate. While I believe this theory does have some merit, I think the driving force behind their problems are the party leaders, hacks and consultants running the GOP. They’re totally out of touch with the concerns of the average person.
Take a look at the campaign websites for Rick Lazio, Steve Levy and Carl Paladino. Levy and Paladino are trying to organize issues-based coalitions. Lazio isn’t. All he lists are endorsements by politicians and party functionaries. Where is the endorsement by Joe Citizen? When was the last time a statewide Republican (or Democrat) candidate actually tried going to the people for support? The present tea party surge should provide a golden opportunity for the GOP to pick up seats top to bottom all across the state. Right now it looks like they’re going to blow it.
One of the big antis in the Assembly will be in a primary this September. Harvey Weisenberg is being challenged by former county legislator Jeff Toback for the Democrat nomination. Weisenberg has carried the mandatory storage bill (currently A-5844B) for years and gives the same BS speech on the floor about how it’s not a gun control bill.
“Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio will shake a lot of hands between now and election day, but perhaps none will leave as much of a lasting impression and those he shook while using the men’s restroom Saturday night during the annual Inner Circle Dinner at the New York Hilton Towers. As journalists, politicians, socialites and public relations gurus alike packed into the restroom during intermission, Lazio worked the room. Standing next to a urinal, the candidate was observed saying, “Rick Lazio – running for governor.” and shaking hands …”
This is so very, very wrong.
Carl Paladino now has a website: Paladino for the People. He does have a position statement on the RKBA under Issues and under Coalitions he has a Sportsmen for Carl where those interested in guns can sign up. It’s a bit early to determine whether his campaign will take off or not.
If nothing else, at least he’s entertaining:
“… “I am not impressed that you kissed enough asses to chair a committee of politicians in the Congress,” Paladino said in a letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan), chairman of a House Judiciary subcommittee …”
“… Asked where he stands on guns … “I believe that people have a right to have their guns to defend themselves in their families. I have a very, you know, good relationship with the sportsmen in my area.” And he added, “I am for reasonable measures like background checks and waiting periods.” …”
Not much to get excited about. It’s still better than Little Ricky, though.