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Voter Guide: Republican Primary for Governor

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino

The Republican primary for New York Governor is a contest between GOP nominee Rick Lazio, a former member of the House of Representatives who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against Hillary Clinton in 2000 and his challenger Carl Paladino, a lawyer and businessman from Buffalo, who until 2005 was a registered Democrat.

Rick Lazio

WNYC Coverage of Rick Lazio:

Lazio Poses Questions About Ground Zero Mosque (July 7, 2010)

Lazio, the GOP's Favored Candidate: From Politics to Business and Back Again (June 3, 2010)

Republicans Nominate Rick Lazio for Gubernatorial Candidate (June 2, 2010)

WNYC Archive: Rick Lazio

Fast Facts:

·  Elected to the Suffolk County Legislature in 1989
·  Elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent New York’s Second Congressional district in 1992, where he served four terms
·  While in Congress, served on the House Committee on the Budget, the Banking and Financial Services Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. He became the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity
·  Ran for Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000 and lost
·  After leaving Congress, he worked as a Wall Street lobbyist, first for Financial Services Forum and then for J.P. Morgan Chase

Polling:

·  The latest Quinnipiac poll, which was released on September 2, 2010, says that Lazio leads Paladino 47 percent to 35 percent among registered New York State Republicans

Positions:

·  Opposes the Park51 project and has made it a cornerstone of his campaign
·  Pledges to create an ombudsman for New Business if elected
·  Wants to decrease property, personal income, and energy taxes
·  Opposes holding terror trials in New York
·  Wants to remove the charter school cap

Other Links:

Times Topics: Rick Lazio (The New York Times)

Voters Guide: Rick Lazio (New York Newsday)

Campaign Web site: Rick Lazio for Governor

 

Carl Paladino

WNYC Coverage:

The Brian Lehrer Show: Candidate for NY Governor: Paladino (August 30, 2010)

Paladino Raises Off Islamic Center, Hits 'Young Cuomo' (August 4, 2010)

WNYC Archive: Carl Paladino

Fast Facts:

·  Buffalo businessman
·  Practiced law in New York for 15 years
·  Was a registered Democrat until 2005 and made campaign donations to  Democrats including Hillary Clinton and Al Gore
·  Largest landlord for state offices in Buffalo
·  Trying to appeal to Tea Party backers

    Polling:

    ·  The latest Quinnipiac poll, which was released on September 2, 2010, says that Lazio leads Paladino 47 percent to 35 percent among registered New York State Republicans

    Positions:

    ·  Opposes Park51 project     
    ·  Pledges to immediately cut taxes 10 percent and spending 20 percent if elected
    ·  Promises to challenge public employee unions to cut the pensions and benefit packages of public employees
    ·  Has stated he will cancel the pension benefits and free health care for state legislators
    ·  Pledges to institute a one-year residency in New York before citizens can collect welfare or Medicaid

    Other Links:

    Conservative Developer Joins Race for Governor (The New York Times)

    Times Topics: Carl Paladino (The New York Times)

    Voters Guide: Carl Paladino (New York Newsday)

    Campaign Web site: Paladino for the People

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