Streams

Paladino Wins: Calls For No 'Status Cuomo'

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In his win over Rick Lazio, Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino seems to have ridden voter anger and tapped into their distrust of anything associated with the professional political establishment.

"If we've learned anything tonight it's that New Yorkers are as mad as hell. And we're not going to take it any more! And I'm here to thank you for choosing me as the Republican candidate of New York."

The immediate impact is one more giant headache for the New York State Republican Party, and the New York State Conservative Party. Both opposed Paladino in favor of Lazio. Paladino set up a rival party to the Conservative Party, called the Taxpayer Party. (Audio from Paladino's entire Election night speech is at the top of the page.)

Speaking of taxes, Paladino set himself a high bar for his first year in office.

"I'll cut taxes by 10 percent in the first six months of my administration. I'll cut spending by 20 percent and cut the size of our government by 20 percent. I'll cut medicaid by 20 billion dollars a year."

Paladino expressed nothing but hostility for the Republican Party and its leadership. But beneath that was a well-funded, somewhat undisciplined traditional outsider campaign that simply overwhelmed an under-funded Republican designee whom the Republican establishment never fully supported in the first place.

Former Rep. Rick Lazio’s fundraising never took off, thanks to the Republican Party leaders that had initially opposed Lazio, fearing he was too mild, too under-funded and simply not passionate enough to lead the ticket.

The State Republican Party never embraced Paladino, even when he was gaining on Lazio, and now face the awkward prospect of having to support his candidacy since he won their primary. Lazio – the choice of the Republican Party leadership – may continue his campaign on the Conservative Party line. Having a split between the GOP and Conservatives is a recipe for defeat in November, since no statewide Republican candidate has won in New York without unifiying both parties.

Then again, this isn’t like any year before.

Lazio’s strategy was to husband his resources by ignoring Paladino’s candidacy and raise his profile by earning attention via free media. Lazio went as far as to reject opportunities to debate Paladino, deeming it unnecessary.

Lazio got media attention when he spoke about the plans to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero, but not when he attacked Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo. For Paladino, the foul-mouthed, uncontrollable candidate, he got media attention for almost everything.

He sent workers in chicken suits to hound Cuomo; men in duck suits bothered Lazio. His plan to repurpose underutilized prisons as job retraining centers for welfare recipients was overshadowed by his comment about also offering “personal hygiene” lessons to those being retrained.

Icons of the New York Republican Party leadership had uniformly supported Lazio’s candidacy. Rudy Giuliani endorsed Lazio – in the basement of a midtown hotel right before New Year’s Eve, all but spelling the end of his own electoral career. Months later, former Governor George Pataki officially ended speculation he would enter the race, endorsing Lazio inside Grand Central Terminal right before the evening rush hour crowd headed home to the suburbs.

Paladino courted self-identified Tea Party voters – those angry about the economy, distrustful of professional politicians and seeking something entirely different. Lazio, though it was hard to remember at some points during the campaign, was actually a vestige of the more moderate Northeast Republican philosophy. Since leaving Congress, Lazio went to work on Wall Street, as a lobbyist for JP Morgan, tying him to Wall Street at a time when even Republicans were putting distance between themselves and the industry that soaked up billions of federal bailout money after the national economic collapse.

Some Tea Party organizations – like TeaParty365 based in Manhattan – were not allied with Paladino, and sought to block him from using the party’s name when he sought another line to run on in November. Paladino ended up creating the Taxpayer Line, which he and other candidates will appear on.

Tags:

More in:

The Morning Brief

Enter your email address and we’ll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.

Comments [10]

Evan from Bronx

I am so tired of the news media, including NPR and WNYC referring to people such as Paladino as Tea Party candidates. They are Republicans, pure and simple. The Republican party created this Frankenstein monster, it's time they owned it. Also, Andrea Bernstein hosting today's Brian Lerher show, do you really think that Paladino has a chance of winning? Even after your two guests ruled that out, you persist on that line of questioning, Paladino is a wack job at best, and has no chance to win. Start asking real questions, such as what this guy would actually do, and what those ramifications would be for the state. In another time, the media would not have taken Paladino and his ilk so seriously. Stop trying to come off as being so open minded. Sometimes your brains can fall out if you open your mind too much.

Sep. 15 2010 11:52 AM
josh Karan from Washington Heights, Northern Manhattan

WNYC perpetuates the narrowness of the political debate by permitting these matters to be discussed in the confines of the discourse within the two party system of Democrats and Republicans.

It is true that either Cuomo or Palidino will be the next Governor.

But it is equally true that neither will offer solutions to the central problems of NY State -- increasing inequality, massive unemployment in many NYC neighborhoods and in western NY State, decline in provision of social services such as education, affordable housing, and transportation.

Only if WNYC, along with the rest of the media continue to inform the listenership of this truism, and then provide access to voices of alternative parties, is there chance of any solutions becoming part of the public discourse and consciousness.

These solutions all pertain to various permutations of taxing the wealthy in one of the richest states in the country. For example: the Green Party has suggested using the $ 16 billion collected by NY State from the Stock Transfer tax, that is automatically rebated to the financial service industry, to instead retire the $ 9 billion NY State deficit, as well as to fully fund social needs. Add to this, a large income tax on the $ 20 billion in bonuses paid to Wall Street bankers, made possible by taxpayer bailouts from all of us, and another $ 5-10 billion is available.

Why is this not a constant theme in WNYC discussions? Why do its reporters and talk show hosts not ask these questions to every candidate they interview?

Sep. 15 2010 10:46 AM
HI Coach Rich from Murray Hill

Has anyone reporting actually researched the emails instead of just alluding to them as a myth---please see wnymedia.org to properly report on this issue. It is clear that the voters have not. I am in the business of Leadership development, and for any WNYC reporter to characterize this behavior as leadership demonstrates an egregious lack of understanding of what true leadership means. His values do not represent the values of leadership. Paladino is an anger proxy, a venting of emotions in blind ignorance, a way to express dissent with the status quo, he is not a leader. I am greatly disappointed in today's show----did you all listen to Brian's show when Paladino was on? It was shocking--and all you needed to know about him. Where are you Brian?

Sep. 15 2010 10:35 AM
HI Coach Rich from Murray Hill

Has anyone reporting actually researched the emails instead of just alluding to them as a myth---please see wnymedia.org to properly report on this issue. It is clear that the voters have not. I am in the business of Leadership development, and for any WNYC reporter to characterize this behavior as leadership demonstrates an egregious lack of understanding of what true leadership means. His values do not represent the values of leadership. Paladino is an anger proxy, a venting of emotions in blind ignorance, a way to express dissent with the status quo, he is not a leader. I am greatly disappointed in today's show----did you all listen to Brian's show when Paladino was on? It was shocking--and all you needed to know about him. Where are you Brian?

Sep. 15 2010 10:32 AM
desdemona finch from brooklyn

Cuomo should be jumping for joy. Paladino gave him a gift. What Democrat in their right mind is going to vote for Paladino over Cuomo? Oh, maybe Democrats who like porn and racist emails.

Sep. 15 2010 10:31 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

I'll be voting for Cuomo as a NY Democrat. Let's be honest: a lot of NY state voting involves holding your nose and pulling the lever (well, it USED to involve that part) because the corruption is so widespread. But when the alternative is Paladino, I have no choice but to cast my ballot for Cuomo. Paladino is dangerous, racist, sexist, and unqualified.

I'm overjoyed, though, that Espada is gone! I've worked for years with community organizations in the Bronx, and it's astonishing how much damage he's done their.

Sep. 15 2010 10:31 AM
Dom from Brooklyn

'That' caller represents a profound problem America has - overconfidence. She has many rights and is equal as a citizen, but she does not have the right to demand that reporters do not call out unsophisticated and stupid views.

Sep. 15 2010 10:26 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

WOW. This caller basically thinks racism and sexism are OK, because it's how people really think. I am ashamed and appalled by NY Republicans with Paladino's win and I hope the party implodes.

Sep. 15 2010 10:21 AM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, United States

Tea Party fringes of the Republican Party have now won elections in Alaska, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York etc. The ultra right conservatives in the Republican Party are pressuring and pushing the party into a corner!

The extremists amongst conservatives, are pushing mainstream Republicans to adopt extreme positions on many public issues. In New York for instance, the governorship candidate, Carl Paladino who advocates an extremely irresponsible fiscal policies, such as a $20 billion cut in Medicaid, cut tax by as much as 10% among other outlandish claims and public policy position adopted by Palladino.

It will be recalled that Carl Palladino, it was, who stated that he would have used Eminent Domain to seize and confiscate Park51 property of the developers of the now controversial so-called Ground Zero mosque, in order to frustrate the developer from completing the project.

The electorate will find these outrageous positions on public policies unacceptable and vote against them, come midterm elections in November.

Carl Palladino has found himself in awkward positions more than once, he is vulnerable on many counts. He has been known to peddle racist jokes and redistribute tasteless pornographic materials through emails.

Carl Palladino is an upstate billionaire developer, who is very unconventional in his campaign style, public policy proposals and positions, as well as even matters of personal comportment and political finesse. He has already made gaffes and goofs, before and during the run up to the election primaries.

Rick Lazio on the other hand, was sidetracked by his own fixation on the so-called Ground Zero Islamic Cultural Center controversy. He cloned the issue and sought to make it his sole campaign issue, apart for occasional scurrilous references to Mr. Andrew Cuomo and how dysfunctional Albany, the state capital has become. Rick Lazio, was, clearly, not served by his choice to be fixated on one issue, the building of a mosque, blocks from Ground Zero. An area in lower Manhattan bustling with trade and commerce, including strip clubs, gaming and gambling halls and pizza parlors etc.

The wins in New York, Delaware etc by the Tea Party fringe elements in the Republican Party, could spell relief for Democrats in November. A factional and splintered Republican party, should enable the Democrats to successfully wrest the positions from the Republicans

In both Delaware and New York, two ultra conservative Republicans political neophytes have in effect bruised mainstream of the party, by upturning electoral order in Delaware and New York respectively.

Republican Party Infighting Deepens
http://www.examiner.com/bergen-county-independent-in-new-york/republican-party-infighting-deepens

Sep. 15 2010 09:29 AM
TK from Brooklyn, NY

How exactly is he going to reduce government? Every candidate speaks in generalities that never amount to delivered promises.

Sep. 15 2010 05:03 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Sponsored

About It's A Free Country ®

Archive of It's A Free Country articles and posts. Visit the It's A Free Country Home Page for lots more.

Supported by

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public.  Learn more at revsonfoundation.org.

Feeds

Supported by