Carl Paladino Addresses the Tea Partiers in Buffalo

27 Mar


I’m listening to it as I type this. He pledges to cut the state payroll, and to eliminate unnamed regulations. That’s about it.

His delivery? That of a sarcastic, heavily sedated tween.

But while he rightly criticizes the fact that there are no residency requirements for receiving some welfare in New York State, he segues weirdly into an anti-Obama / anti health care reform rant. It’s fun to watch a millionaire rail against something that will overwhelmingly help the middle class and cost him an extra .9% in income taxes.

I’m also struck by one joker repeating “give him an enema” when Paladino mentions Higgins. “If Scott Brown can do it, you can do it, Carl!” one woman yells. Except Scott Brown ran as an everyman populist. When a Carl Paladino pledges $10 million of his own money to run for Governor, you can’t really run as an everyman populist. Really.

Paladino then attacks the “liberal elites” and “liberal media” over his crystal clear comparison of 9/11 to the day health care was passed.

He then repeats, twice, the “mad as hell” quote from Network.

And then reads a letter he wrote to “Prince” Andrew Cuomo asking the AG to sue to block the health insurance reform bill, mostly over the mandate.

In any event, Paladino’s channeling of Howard Beale is, by itself, hardly a winning gubernatorial platform. The fact that they’re holding an anti-government tea party in a public park on the public waterfront in the middle of a massive public works project is, naturally, ironic beyond belief. Paladino’s riser rests on a wooden boardwalk paid for by New York tax dollars.

What people tend to forget is that Howard Beale is a suicidal madman in that movie.

23 Responses to “Carl Paladino Addresses the Tea Partiers in Buffalo”

  1. Brooks March 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    Scott Brown won running against the HCR Bill, as will many others in Nov.
    Surprised you missed all the terrorist code words.
    As for the waterfront being a Gov’t success story…

  2. joeycal March 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    The truth is Carl IS a populist when compared to the Cuomos, Coxs, Sheldon Silvers, Sam Hoyts, Dale Volkers etc. He came to be who he is today through hard work and dedication, not kissing as**es. This State cannot continue to operate the way it has in the past. Things are so bad in Albany Carl may be our only hope!

  3. Carl alafraudo March 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    gimme a break! since when is carl paladino against government handouts and welfare? since masiello left office and he can no longer suck on the city tit? let’s audit carl paladino’s record and see if he’s really the guy the tea party says he is. in fact let’s audit carl paladino altogether.

    • mary March 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

      Carl has created jobs. How many of those who oppose him have created jobs? He’s fearless, and a man for the people. Carl earned his money and can use it for whatever he wants. God bless him.

      • Carl alafraudo March 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

        so what? kenneth lay employed people. bernie madoff employed people. for christ sake even adolf hitler employed people. how does that make carl paladino less of a fraud? paladino was notorious for his masiello dealings. i say we audit the bastard. he wants to be governor? fine. open up to an audit. let’s see if this guy is everything he purports to be.

      • Christopher Smith March 28, 2010 at 12:24 am #

        First Hitler mention, FTW!

  4. Sinats79 March 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm #


  5. Chris Smith March 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Carl Paladino, lifelong Democrat, donor to every machine Democrat in Buffalo over the past 30 years and general underwriter of the ECDC. Recipient of PILOT money, subsidies, and tax credits for his projects. Now, mumbling, cranky guy muttering through one of the most boring press conferences in local history. I’m embarrassed to have this guy representing Buffalo.

    • katnip March 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

      Couldn’t agree more.

      • Roadrunner March 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

        He knows personally just how corrupt the system is not necessarily a bad thing especially because he is now calling them out.

  6. Clinton's Ditch March 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    If Mr. Paladino intends to spend $10 million on a campaign for governor then how come Mr. Paladino can’t find a few thousand to ensure that his numerous properties receive *basic* maintenance? Walk by Grace Manor or the Graystone Hotel and it is crystal clear that this man will not or can not take proper care of his properties.

    Let’s be honest, Mr. Paladino’s “9-11” comment is on par with calling someone’s mother a dirty filthy whore. The outrage that resulted was not about being “PC”; the outrage was about respecting a very sensitive topic in a state where over 3,000 people were murdered by terrorists. If Carl had any class he would apologize and say he misspoke.

    Buffalo should be concerned about Carl Paladino’s interest in running for Governor. He is going to reinforce every negative upstate stereotype that folks in Buffalo are ignorant redneck rubes that have yet to discover toilet paper. Buffalo – be scared… be very scared! Carl Paladino is about to embarrass you in ways you never thought were possible.

  7. pegger March 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    I thought the ship and the costumed sentinel behind him were a nice touch. It suggests turning the clock way back the Revolutionary War.

  8. Hapklein March 28, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    I really am in love with this entire scene. One one hand we have, Rus Thompson, a permanently disgruntled office seeker who had some nice touches as a neighborhood activist, a Tea Party that was born as a tax protest group AFTER the best middle class tax reduction bill in a couple decades was passed and Carl Paladino the ever manipulator of issues and people all coming together in one perfect storm.
    What a great spectacle is in the offing for Spring. We have the mediocre, the uninformed and sleaze all combining themselves into one big sticky ball. Imagine if all these peripheral elements do gain some credibility and succeed in forming a viable group. it possible I understand that many of Maddof’s victims used to have party every winter in Florida celebrating their victory over market forces. Imagine Thompsan and Paladino, both in tri- corner hats leading a parade of sycophants to Albany, an irresistable image!

  9. joeschmidbauer March 28, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Go Carl Go, 10 million dollars will make you into the the biggest freaky ass in the state. Nothing like a rich man’s rage, especially one who made his millions off of insider deals and taxpayer cash.

    Forward brave tea-baggers, out of the suburbs on to the barricades. Rage now- Welcome to the new politics of the absurd.

    You got to love it. Who said irony is dead?

  10. Paws March 28, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Paladino’s consultants are laughing all the way to the bank on this one.

  11. WNYResident March 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    So what.. The current crop of elected officials are embarrassments to begin with. Try not to deny that.

    Carl is pissed off and wants to go clean out the crap in Albany. AND if he’s willing to spend his own money unpolished or not, so what. Anyone else from WNY stepping up to the plate?

    The crap that hinders our community and you all have a problem with that? Maybe he did get some incentives and now has seen the error of his ways..He made a few good points but is completely unpolished compared to the “made for” politician types. Ever think there are a lot of those unpolished type people in NYS sick of the spending Albany does?

    • Christopher Smith March 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

      When the day arrives that he admits he has seen “the error of his ways”, I’ll be shocked. He still denies he has ever received one penny from a politician, IDA or any level of government for any of his projects. Even though there is plenty of documentation that he has. Exactly what we need, another person who denies reality in public office.

      It’s not the lack of polish that’s the problem, it’s the lack of proposed solutions, the lack of tact necessary to work within the confines of a democracy, and his affiliation with he tea party people and proclamations that an insurance industry reform bill bears some resemblance to a mass extinction of 3,000 Americans. I can go on and on about why Carl is unqualified for office. He is an embarrassment.

    • Carl Palafraudo March 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

      @ WNYResident: Are you for real? Carl was the beneficiary of the same kind of insider politics that you say he’s “pissed off” about. The only thing that pisses off Carl is that there’s no more Anthony Masiello to sell out the city to Mr. Paladino. A snake doesn’t change his pattern. If Carl “cleans out” Albany, it would be to replace the current crop of politicians with his own shills and it’ll be back to business as usual. This man should submit to an audit. Don’t trust him. Reform movements are always the same: “We want our change to lie, cheat and steal too!”

  12. Joe Greco March 29, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    People should look at the facts. Just observing the obvious – this country, new york state and its cities are failing its people. High taxes, social malaise, deteriorating infrastructure – this is what the career politicians have gotten us. Carl Paladino has always been his own man – outspoken to say the least. New York needs someone that will represent all the people.

    • Carl Palafraudo March 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

      The only way to keep politicians honest is to audit their finances. Not their campaign contributions – their personal finances. New Yorkers already have their doubts about Carl Paladino, a man who made his fortune on insider deals and tax subsidies. Now he’s running against the very machine that made him rich because Downtown Bullshit Brown cut his cash line. If Carl is who he says he is he should submit to a thorough audit of his personal tax finances going back 20 years. Let’s see if this Carl guy is for about accountability and transparency. Every politician wants accountability and transparency for that guy over there. But if he’s really honest he’ll do it. Will Carl Paladino submit to an audit of his finances?

      • WNYResident March 30, 2010 at 7:00 am #

        If any of the candidates are who they are they should all submit to audits. ( like that will happen)


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