Paladino Monday

14 Sep
Photo credit: Artvoice

Photo credit: Artvoice

Carl Paladino is a character.  WBEN gave him three solid hours to rip Byron Brown a new a-hole this morning which was interesting, if a bit one-sided.  Paladino’s on Twitter now, and he posted a “Declaration of Independence” he talked about today at length.

WBEN’s Tim Wenger explained that Byron Brown is loath to participate or speak with WBEN in any way, even during the straight newscasts.  That, I suppose, explains why Brown or a pro-Brown partisan won’t be getting 3 hours’ worth of time on the highest-rated AM talk station in town.

Among the blockbuster allegations Paladino made on the radio today was that Leonard Stokes had a run-in with the BPD in 2008 and that there was a paper trail, that the Mayor intervened, and that it was drug related.  Artvoice has and posted a copy of the memo, and it turns out it deals with Leonard’s brother, Lamar Stokes.  At first blush, it makes the whole thing a bit less blockbustery.  But Geoff Kelly asks, correctly:

Why did Leonard’s brother, Lamar Stokes, address his complaint to the mayor? What did the mayor say to the police commissioner? We also sent an email to the mayor’s spokesman, Peter Cutler, with a copy of the memo. He has not responded to that email yet, but when he does, I’ll post his response here.

What matters here though is that Paladino is right that the city and region are held back, in part, because of the entrenched elites who like things just the way they are.  I wonder why George Maziarz’s name doesn’t appear there, but it’s not the first or last time a Republican has overlooked Maziarz’s longstanding do-nothingtude.

In any event, Paladino expressed his support for Mickey Kearns, who appears on row 3A on tomorrow’s Democratic primary ballot.  As I discussed Sunday, Byron Brown has squandered a historic chance to bring progress, change, and – above all – vision to Buffalo.  Kearns, at least, promises more openness and an open door.

Vote Kearns.

5 Responses to “Paladino Monday”

  1. Jenny September 14, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    If nothing else, Carl is good for some entertainment.

  2. mike hudson September 14, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    isn’t saying that wben is the hightest rated AM talk station in town kind of a diss?

  3. Haterade September 14, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    He must have said how important integrity is to him 50 times. He said he detested hiring political hacks. He said he couldn’t stand how vindictive the Brown administration is. He said he loathes how secretive they are and how hard it is to get any answers.

    I have to ask myself why he is throwing 500 dollar a plate fundraisers for sheriff Howard at his OP “farm” then. The Howard administration is all that and then some. Sounds pretty hypocritical Carl.

    It’s also funny that Kearns campaign manager, Chito Olivencia is now throwing a Howard fundraiser at the “community center” he owns. Hmmm, would that have anything to do with the 20K Carl threw the Kearns campaign ?

  4. Hank September 15, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    I guess Carl has read Ostrowski’s book. At least the Chapter of the “100 people who run Buffalo”. That group has been active since I was a kid. Faces change, program remains the same. Keep the status quo as long as we keep getting our pockets filled.

  5. Andy September 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    I want Kearns to win but I seriously doubt that he will. Yes, the campaign has heated up in the last weak or so, but it’s too little too late unfortunately.
    Residents in Buffalo have proven time and time again that they don’t like change. Kearns not only is offering change (wanting to tear down the skyway, actually try to fix up the city with proper planning..etc) but represents change simply due to the fact that he’s not the current mayor.
    Brown will win and we’ll get 4 more years of mediocrity, favoritism, and cronyism before he’s appointed to some high-up position in Albany.. which is what he really wants.

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