Tag Archives: David Paterson

Siena Poll: Bad News for Carl

21 Oct

A Siena Poll released yesterday shows the gap between Carl Paladino and Andrew Cuomo to be widening each day.  Over the course of about three weeks, Paladino has squandered a post-primary bounce that had him within seven points of Andrew Cuomo, to a 37-point gap; Cuomo 63%, Paladino 26%.  That’s epic.

More incredibly, 69% of New York likely voters have an unfavorable opinion of Paladino – that he’s a “loose cannon” lacking the “temperament to be governor”.  To put it in perspective, 58% of New Yorkers have an unfavorable opinion of incumbent, accidental Governor Paterson.  Only 9% of polled likely voters remained undecided.

Paladino is behind everywhere – city, suburbs, and upstate.  His only advantage is that the 26% of voters who support him are very enthusiastic about their support.

Seems like a perfect time for a local candidate for Supreme Court to change the design of his lawn signs:

Paladino: Bestiality Addict?

25 Jun

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant and anesthetic drug, often abused in various forms. In 2008, Governor David Paterson admitted to having tried cocaine:

I think I was about 22 or 23. I tried it a couple of times…And marijuana, probably when I was about 20. I don’t think I’ve touched marijuana since the late 70s.

Trying cocaine “a couple of times” hardly constitutes being an addict. This must be why Carl Paladino said this:

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…when Watertown resident Lorraine Clement started crediting Gov. David A. Paterson for bending the Legislature to his will through the budget extenders, Mr. Paladino didn’t stop himself.

“I’m telling you that Paterson is not your friend,” he told Mrs. Clement. “Paterson is a drug addict. All right? He’s been a drug addict his entire life.”

He then motioned in my direction.

“I’m just speaking – well I don’t care. Say it.”

Russ Thompson, a Buffalo area tea party organizer who was traveling with Mr. Paladino, is the voice that suggests the comment should be off the record.

But to his credit, Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo understands that something you say with a camera running, with a voice recorder taping, with media present and with a dozen witnesses can’t really be off the record.

“No. He won’t let – It’s not off the record,” Mr. Caputo said.

A “drug addict his entire life” because he tried coke and pot a few times thirty years ago? By that logic, Paladino sends bestiality porn to his friends on a daily basis for his entire life because he clearly did it once, and pornography has been alleged to be as addictive as crack cocaine.

Doubling down on the idiocy, Paladino’s campaign manager refused to issue an apology. It would probably be seen as a sign of weakness were they to do what’s right. Instead, it’s important that they look like they have big macho balls. So, this:

On Wednesday at a meeting in Watertown, Carl Paladino referred to Gov. David Paterson as a drug addict. Carl was referring to the Governor’s admitted use of cocaine, a highly addictive narcotic that ruins lives. As anyone who ever fought to help a habitual cocaine user will tell you, once you are an addict, you are always an addict. It is a constant fight to stay clean and productive in daily life.

Illegal drug abuse is not a small issue and cocaine abuse is one of the most troubling addictions. If the Governor is no longer using cocaine, then good for him, good for his family and good for the State of New York. But once you are an addict, you are always an addict. And if the Albany ruling elite is okay with present or past drug use among their political leaders, they need to know that the vast majority of New York is not.

Unlike any other candidate for Governor or our present chief executive, Carl Paladino has never used marijuana, cocaine or any other illegal drug. The Office of the Governor is no place for drug abusers – and Carl is not one of them.

Carl is not politically correct. Carl tells it like it is. And if this is uncomfortable talk for the Albany crowd, they should buckle their seat belts because this will not be the last offense of their delicate sensibilities.

Carl may not have used any illegal drugs, but he has now again placed his morality and cleanliness at issue in this campaign. Has Paterson been known to enthusiastically forward pornography to hundreds of his closest friends? Has Cuomo ever sent around images of black people referring to them by the most offensive derogatory term one can imagine?

Paladino is no paragon of morality, we’ve learned. The attempt to keep this exchange “off the record” is as clumsy as the statement itself, and the subsequent description of Paterson as an “addict” when there is no evidence whatsoever of that fact, and ought frankly be libel.

Referring to common human decency and telling the truth as “political correctness” is the jumping of the rhetorical shark for the Paladino crew. Doubling down on stupid statements may be the only thing they have left, but an apology would be more appropriate in polite society.

I think the Paladino campaign is a distillation of everything that is wrong with contemporary politics.

Albany Math

18 May

Teddy Roosevelt haz a sad

As David Paterson continues to beg and plead with the State Assembly and Senate to work on the long overdue New York State budget, I found a video that might help solve the stalemate over the $9,000,000,000 deficit.  It’s all in how you add up the numbers, you see.  These guys need to use the “new math” in order to close the budget hole.  Using these tested and trusted Wall Street like accounting techniques, the budget gap will be closed in no time at all.

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Just get it done, already.

Paterson: Implicated

26 Mar
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Paterson is in bigger trouble, and deeper in the scandal involving his aide’s alleged battery of his girlfriend, than earlier thought.

Gov. David A. Paterson personally helped draft a statement last month that he hoped would be endorsed by a woman involved in a domestic dispute with one of his top aides, proposing language asserting that there had been no violence in the encounter, according to three people with knowledge of the governor’s role.

This is just insane.

Fear and Debt

11 Mar

The Health Care Association of New York put this together to advocate against cuts to health services in New York State.

Given the usual breathless, actor-portrayed predictions of death & destruction from these types of advertisements, at least this self-parody reveals a sense of humor.

All is well though, because Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch says the state should just borrow $6 billion to close the budget gap. Yeah, that’s a great idea.

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What Not to Do: Paterson Edition

2 Mar


David Paterson allegedly directed two state employees to contact and pressure the victim of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by David Johnson, one of his top staffers, and urge her to characterize the event as “non-violent” and convince her to skip a court date.

It would seem to me that we may have a very short Ravitch Administration in 2010, after all.

On Day One, Everything Changed, Alright

27 Feb

Governor David Paterson has canceled his campaign to become elected Governor of the State of New York. The fall-out, coincidentally enough, stems from a New York Times story that had nothing to do with alleged sex and everything to do with alleged abuse of power. While Paterson has been carrying a ridiculously heavy burden trying save this sinking ship of a state, he never polled well, and this story just killed it. You don’t recover from 15% approval ratings with “abuse of power” hanging over your head. Not when it’s alleged that your cop detail bullied a battery victim.

The 2006 Spitzer-Paterson ticket self-immolated within its first term. Meanwhile, Spitzer’s scandal is so remote now that he’s actually poised to make a political comeback. And every time he opens his mouth, he happens to make a great deal of sense.

So, right now we have exactly one announced candidate for Governor – former Republican Congressman Rick Lazio, from Long Island. A decade ago, he fought a tight race against Hillary Clinton for the US Senate. Now, a bit grayer, Lazio pledges to bring fundamental reforms to Albany. I’ll be frank – a lot of what’s on his agenda is stuff that I can get behind. One of his ideas is a unicameral legislature. That’s great, but only under certain circumstances.

It is anticipated that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is going to run on the Democratic ticket. I wonder if it would be unprecedented to have two Italian-Americans from the Island of Long (the Cuomos are from Queens) running against each other for governor? Cuomo troubles me because he comes packed with loads of baggage, and is more of an entrenched machine politician. As AG, Cuomo’s office has made some significant strides towards governmental transparency and consolidation of taxing entities. He has a reform record on which to run, and he naturally has a massive enrollment advantage.

Like Buffalo, New York State operates under a mid-50s political mindset. Incumbency is king – legislators go back to Albany every year en masse, and get re-elected based on the ten thousand dollar big-checks they deliver to fire departments and senior centers. Take away member items, as we did for county legislators, you get a legislature that will have to work harder to get re-elected.

When you get right down to it, the biggest problem that plagues Albany is legalized corruption.

The way things get done there have everything to do with money, and little to do with policy. In the exquisitely rare instances that Albany hacks get bumped from office, they invariably step over to begin a six-figure gig lobbying their former colleagues. Special interests give massive amounts of money and get their pet projects passed. Legislators dole out member items and get re-elected. Actual decisions get made by three men in a room – everyone else goes along. The gay marriage vote and debate was so striking because it was an example of actual legislative debate where no one knew the outcome.

The entire operation is a broken joke, and what I am most concerned about is whether an Andrew Cuomo or a Rick Lazio have the right ideas, but also the political skills to get real reform done. It’s not hard – NYU’s Brennan Center has pretty much set forth a blueprint for democratizing New York.

By “political skills” I bring up the notion of Carl Paladino running as a tea party candidate for governor. While he may be something of an unlikely millionaire folk hero here, no one downstate knows who the hell he is and it would cost millions for him to get some name recognition. Paladino’s got the scratch, but will he spend it?

Whom will the Golisano/Pigeon axis of patronage endorse? Who will buy get the Independence Party line?

I thought Spitzer would reform this place. He didn’t – in part because the Senate and Assembly wouldn’t play ball, because Spitzer was rude to them. Paterson hasn’t done much better.

So, as luck would have it, we find ourselves again at a fork in the road. Do we – can we – elect someone who has the will and ability to bring real, meaningful reform to this state? Or will we elect someone who talks a good game but has no intention or ability to buck the special interests who bankroll everything in Albany?

Mother of All Scandals!1!

9 Feb

Governor Paterson is not going to resign.

All of this is viral marketing to build up hype for what will ultimately be a pretty benign profile piece on a controversial political figure, and that Cuomo’s people are promoting the crap out of the whole this-is-career-ending meme.

Don’t believe the hype.