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Lazio Speaks

4 Nov

Liz Benjamin has some interesting quotes from the guy Paladino beat – former Congressman and issues-based Republican candidate for governor, Rick Lazio.

“(Carl) Paladino performed, it seems to me in terms of numbers, about as well as Jay Townsend,” the ex-gubernatorial candidate said, comparing his erstwhile primary foe to the little-known Republican trounced by Sen. Chuck Schumer yesterday.

“To win statewide, you have to be credible at showing balance,” Lazio continued. “You can’t veer off into the far corners of either ideological extreme and expect to do well. It pretty much played out the way I expected in the governor’s race. It has to be pretty painful for Harry Wilson, having gotten as close as he did, to come up so short.”

Ouch. But true. Carl did perform about as well as the unknown Jay Townsend, (Carl lost 61 – 34, Townsend lost 65 – 32), whereas Donovan came within 10 points of Schneiderman, and Wilson came within two points of DiNapoli.  That underscores the fact that a Republican could have won the governor’s race this year, had he been competitive.  In Paladino’s case, he wasn’t even cross the “credible” threshold after winning the nomination.

And Lazio is pretty sure that Wilson would have won had Lazio been the candidate, because Lazio did well in voter-rich Long Island and Westchester,

“I think he would have won, yes. I think I would have provided a lift in the suburban areas; I would have run more competitively statewide, too.”

His parting shot took aim at the feckless state party chair Ed Cox,

“People have to be held accountable,” Lazio said. “We can’t possibly build successfully from the leadership we have now.”

“(Cox) squandered money at the convention encouraged primaries and division…And then there was that silly bus and the commercial about the bus. In the end, it just appears like Ed cCx’s bus left the station and the Republicans were left behind.”

Maybe if Lazio had taken Paladino seriously, debated him, and not tried out out-flank him on the crazy right with his Park51 demagoguery, he would have won and the results would have been very different.

Paladino pwns Lazio

15 Sep

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Party enrollment in New York State breaks about 60 – 33 with a Democratic advantage. Carl won the Republican Party nomination thanks to a very energized 270k+ people. There are well over 3 million Republicans in the state. While this is clearly a palpable victory for Paladino, and also for angry tea party types, it is really due to an utter and complete breakdown in the Republican party apparatus in New York. Party chair Ed Cox took a struggling party and flushed it down the drain. He did everything in his power to prevent Paladino from competing – to no avail.

Never underestimate the power of someone with deep pockets and no scruples.

Cox threw Suffolk CE Steve Levy – who is still a registered Democrat – to the Republican apparatus, and they rejected him in favor of Rick Lazio. And Lazio – what a critically horrible campaign he ran. He gained no traction, raised no money, and was largely ignored in favor of the crazy firebrand who’d say anything. Speaking of scruples, Roger Stone is now free to advise the Paladino campaign on a full-time basis, and the dirty tricks are going to fly.

I think Paladino will be a formidable challenger and give Cuomo some bad headaches over the next six weeks, but the general election is a very different animal than the Republican primary. But it was clear yesterday that Paladino was going to massacre Lazio in WNY, and massacre him he did – winning 93% – 7% in Erie County. While Paladino’s stunning win came about thanks to about 440,000 Republicans voting, the dull AG race on the Democratic side saw almost 600,000 Democrats vote statewide. Not a lot of enthused, energized Democrats turning out for what became a three-way Schneiderman/Rice/Coffey race.

In other words, the most motivated, angry, tea party guy pulled in 30% fewer votes than the two top Democratic AG candidates in a 5-person race. Cuomo remains the overwhelming frontrunner.

Yesterday, I shot some video of random voters around lunchtime in Getzville. All but one were Republicans. Here are their reactions:

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275,000 voters proved that they were angry and responded positively to Carl, who went on the air last night to threaten Cuomo, saying he’s “going to vet Mr. Cuomo like he’s never been vetted. He’s going to wish he never got involved in this race.”

“Andrew Cuomo should strap himself into the seat with an extra seat-belt because it’s going to be one hell of a ride for him,”

and

Mr. Cuomo “should get ready for the vetting,” said Mr. Paladino. “He’s never been vetted. Nobody has ever compared him side by side with Carl Paladino.”

The thing that Carl is forgetting is that he hasn’t really been vetted, either. Not by a political opponent, that is. Lazio never took the fight to Paladino, never engaged Paladino in a debate, and any criticisms of Paladino that Lazio made were weak and too late. What we’re going to have for the next six weeks with Cuomo vs. Paladino is the guy with his big-boy pants arguing with the toddler angrily thrashing around in a tantrum. It should make for some very interesting times.

The State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs said,

GOP voters who picked Carl Paladino because they were ‘Mad as Hell’ at Albany are in for a rude awakening when they realize that Paladino embodies everything that they’re mad about. For years, he’s profited from a cozy relationship with politicians, giving them a half million dollars in donations and pocketing millions in state contracts and tax breaks. Together with Paladino’s crude, racially inflammatory comments, New Yorkers will come out in droves this November just for the opportunity to vote against him.

It won’t be a cakewalk for either Cuomo or Paladino – it will be an ugly campaign dealing largely with minimally relevant sideshow “issues”. Do we tap voter anger with more anger, or with solutions to problems?

And in the end, I blame all of this on Eliot Spitzer. Change never came on day one, and his “steamroller” mentality never accomplished much of anything during his abbreviated term in office. Back in 2006, he was running on a “morning in New York”, almost Reaganesque return to New York competence and greatness. That never happened, and we’ve been stuck with the same old dysfunctional legislature and a lame duck accidental governor.

By the way, last night we covered the returns but also talked political philosophy, tactics, and policy at great length at WECK studios, streaming live audio and video online. Nick Mendola manned the board and kept the conversation on track, while Marc Odien, Erie County Legislator Ray Walter, and Brian Castner chewed things over. I thought it was great fun, and an interesting discussion. Did you listen? What did you think?

Buffalo Quick Hits

23 Aug

All these ideas deserve a full post. Unfortunately, they won’t get them today. So here you go:

What the Buffalo News is up to: Rarely is editorial control so blatant in “mainstream” newspapers. But even the least attentive local newspaper reader will note that the Buffalo News has left the simple reporting of facts far behind in the continuing coverage of the City Grill shootings, and, for reasons of agenda alone, “new” trouble on Chippewa.

What is the coherent message here? Its safe to come downtown and drink, and it’ll be even safer if we move the bar time back to 2am. 

What other explanation can there be for a series of diptychs for the last week, highlighting not only the continuing investigation of the shootings at City Grill, but, mysteriously and simultaneously, crime in the entertainment district on Chippewa. This trend of stories came to a head on Sunday, when the News’ headline concerned the criminal backgrounds of victims of the shootings, while adjacently posting a large picture of an average night on Chippewa. The News is now taking heat for this tasteless, but agenda-directed, news story – papers are burning and more protests are planned. I feel badly for the reporters doing the editorial dirty work.

The two stories are related in several important ways: they cater to the scared white suburbanite (who hasn’t been in downtown Buffalo after dark in years anyway but does buy newspapers), and it furthers the agenda of editors who wish the bartime rolled back to 2am. Regular quotes from Buffalo insiders (such as Croce and Goldman) provide cover for some of the editorializing, but the worst of it can’t be disguised:

Some suggest lifestyle, associations may have put them in harm’s way

Eight young people who grew up on Buffalo’s streets were gunned down in a hail of bullets last weekend outside City Grill downtown, four of them fatally.

They left grieving families. Mournful friends.

And arrest and conviction records.

Who is making these suggestions? Since no one is quoted in the News article, besides a random professor from Hilbert (!), it must be the News itself. But the comingling of the stories ignores some very inconvenient facts. First, the shooting outside City Grill happened at 2:30 am, after patrons were removed from the bar at the new proposed bartime. Secondly, the shooting appears ever more to be gang related. While the News is quick to highlight this fact some of the time (“See, its safe to come drink if you aren’t in a gang!”), it hopes you don’t ask what gangs have to do with Chippewa. Which leads to the third ignored fact – no evidence is provided that arrests are up, crime is up, or violence is up on Chippewa. A series of anecdotes are presented, which could read like the police blotter of many city neighborhoods.

Large parts of the East Side are closer to City Grill than Chippewa. Let’s highlight some of the crime there, and how to fix it, where far worse is happening nightly that is much more related to the tragedy at City Grill. I know its not related to the 2am bar time agenda, but its where the facts should lead you.

Next up for the CEJ? IDA’s: Flush off its victory sinking Bass Pro, the Coaltion for Economic Justice has found its next target: Industrial Development Agencies. Specifically, the six in Erie County that provided $600 Million in tax breaks, of which they deemed $135 Million “wasted” because job creation totals were not met.

I will hand it to the CEJ on one note: they are ideologically consistent, and do target every capitalistic recipient of government money. I look forward to their continued investigations, where they discover the bloated union contracts, mandatory hiring policies, outdated regulations like the Wicks and Scaffold Laws, and government ineptitude that also wastes the taxpayer’s money and provides no public benefit. I won’t hold my breath.

While ideologically consistent, it is clear that the CEJ does not require anyone with a practical economics or business background to participate in their planning. The disconnect from reality is flabbergasting. And not just subjective reality, like my opinion that high corporate taxes and a bad business climate make NY a tough sell to companies for expansion (or even retention), thus requiring tax incentives. But I mean objective reality too – you know, that Great Recession thing made all sorts of companies miss their hiring goals. I wonder if the CEJ union allies realize their employers are being targeted for the waste of their retained and unmoved jobs – manufacturing companies with union workers being a major recipient of IDA aid, after all.

But do not fear! In the future centrally planned economy, there will be enough work for all, each according to their talents, when government provides both the supply and demand, and all hiring and production goals will be met! March on, proud worker!

A home for Rick Lazio: No one wants the Republican Primary to come more than Rick Lazio. Left to his own devices, he issues thoughtful policy recommendations, like a reformed unicameral legislature (do you know Alan’s article is the top Google search for “Lazio Unicameral,” and I had a devil of a time finding this platform plank on Lazio’s own site? Sad.). But faced with crazed charged from his Right, in the form of Mad Paladino, he tracks dangerously into the loonisphere himself.

We can hope that once Paladino is dispatched in September, Cuomo and Lazio will have thoughtful policy debates. I won’t hold my breath for that either. It’ll be nothing but chicken costumes and GZM (that’s Ground Zero Mosque. Libs – don’t hate the player, hate the game) til November.

I’m going to vote for Lazio in September. In a parallel universe, where Paladino didn’t run and Sarah Palin’s handlers never opened a NYT to discover that a YMIA was being put up in downtown Manhattan, I think a Lazio/Cuomo race could have done something constructive for the state. It was not to be.

But Lazio’s policy instincts are good, if his political ones are bad. He has a use in the public service. He is a worthy addition to government in New York. But where is the right place for him? Back to the US House? Cross ticket LG? Mayor or county executive of some ‘burb on Long Island? NYS Senate Majority Leader? I wish I knew, but more, I wish he knew.

Horace the Horse’s Competition

20 Aug

Deep Thought: Muezzin Edition

28 Jul

The Park51 “Mosque” nontroversy is a convenient distraction, enabling Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino to out-demagogue each other on how much they hate the killer Moslems. In the meantime, upstate New York loses people by the truckload and has endured a decades-long malaise thanks to a lack of vision and leadership.

Hatred has become only thing separating New York Republicans from New York Democrats.

Hatred of All Muslims: A Fringe Republican Platform Plank, On the Air in Buffalo

27 Jul

Yesterday, a rabid Islamophobe appeared on a local Islamophobe’s radio show. We all know this guy – his name in German means, perhaps appropriately enough, “little peasant”. He enjoys his cats and gardening. He hates Obama, thinks all liberals are insane, thinks that the government ought to be overthrown, and hates nothing more than the second-largest religion in the world. His guest yesterday is just as stupid.

He hates that religion and its adherents because a very small minority of people who practice it are terrorists and seek to murder Westerners, especially Jews in the West and also in Israel. He also enjoys pointing out that liberals who stand up for things that he considers to be quaint anachronisms – things like “freedom” and the “Constitution” – don’t criticize some of the Islamic customs and laws that subjugate women. The little peasant, however, ignores that Sharia law is not applicable to non-Muslims, and cannot be imposed upon them, either, unless one lives in an Islamic theocracy. Luckily, we live in a secular democratic republic – not a theocracy. So no religion’s laws can involuntarily control anyone’s life.

The little peasant and his guest went on and on about how the proposed Cordoba House community center/mosque set to be built two blocks from Ground Zero – a project that is overwhelmingly supported by the Mayor of New York City and the surrounding residents – is a criminal “triumphal” mosque and and affront to decency, democracy, etc. Their point of view is supported and echoed by the two Republican candidates for Governor of the State of New York, who are tripping over each other to see who can use stronger language to heap scorn and hatred upon not just that project, but Islam generally.

The “mosque” nontroversy is emblematic of a recent rise in Islamophobia. Thanks to 9/11, it is socially acceptable in certain circle to say things about Muslims that are not dissimilar to the race-baiting lies spread during 1930s Germany about Jews. There are a billion and a half Muslims on this planet, and a miniscule number of them advocate for any kind of holy war against Christians, Jews, or the West.

We can easily demonize the governments of places like Iran, but anyone who recalls last year’s green revolution also recalls the overwhelming desire that the participants in that revolution had for a normal life in a normal country. Because that’s what most people want – a normal life in a normal place.

Why is it that this rise in Islamophobia has occurred, and become more vocal and prevalent in recent weeks or months? TPM’s Josh Marshall originally wrote that it might be war fatigue, but I don’t buy that.

Instead, I agree what a TPM reader wrote here – that George W. Bush was very careful not to demonize all of Islam in the wake of 9/11 and during the Iraq war. The war was against al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism. Against Saddam Hussein and the insurgency. He always was responsible enough to maintain that Islam as a religion, as a culture, was not our enemy and would not be made to be.

Now that George W. Bush is gone from office, gone from politics, the radical hate wing of the Republican Party is free to spew the most vicious anti-Muslim lies it wants with impunity. Anyone who dares oppose these shriekers is labeled an apologist for terrorism and misogyny.

The weak, feckless excuse for “leadership” in the Republican Party / Tea Party has enabled the vicious Muslim-baiters to spew whatever reckless hatred they want, and there’s no one to stop them. The little peasant – who doesn’t understand the irony inherent in criticizing the “mainstream media” on the most-listened-to talk radio show on the biggest AM station in the Buffalo-Niagara region – is at the forefront of the local effort to paint all Muslims as al Qaeda sleeper agents, machetes at the ready to kill your family, and burqa on hand to cover your women.

Yesterday’s cavalcade of hate spewed on the little peasant’s show was not just factually ignorant, but ultimately irresponsible. In a normal world, the community would come to the defense of the overwhelmingly normal, law-abiding Muslim community living and working among us in Western New York. In this world, we get Cheektowaga septuagenarians calling in to see if they can out-hate the octogenarian Muslim hater who just called in from Tonawanda.

When Bigotry Trumps the Constitution

19 Jul

Under the Establishment Clause, if a government bans the construction of a mosque – it’s really not any more a mosque than the YMCA or YWCA or the JCC are churches or temples – at 51 Park Place because of its supposed proximity to the World Trade Center site in New York City, then there can be no religious structures or monuments of any kind within that same radius. (That means you, St Paul’s & St. Nicholas! Bye-bye, Y! And other Y!) That prohibition, however, would be violative of the Free Exercise clause.

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Therefore, Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino think that anti-Muslim bigotry is more important than the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Put another way, to Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino, being a bigot is more important than being an American. It’s good to know that an unemployed woman from Wasilla, Alaska knows what’s best for Manhattan. Refudiate!

Paladino’s Options (hint: he’ll never be Governor)

15 Apr

Now that Carl Paladino has become something of a laughingstock, and his campaign has become a quixotic vanity endeavor, what are his options? Some thoughts from Chris’ and my talk with Brad Riter on WECK 1230 today:

1. Carl Paladino will not be governor of the state of New York. Not now, not ever. At this point, he doesn’t stand a chance of winning the Republican nomination, either. So assuming Carl continues through election day, the best he can hope to do is siphon off maybe 5 – 10% of the Republican vote that will otherwise go to Levy or Lazio – men who will be facing a Democratic juggernaut who benefits from a 70/30 enrollment advantage.

2. Carl Paladino’s bestiality email may constitute a class A misdemeanor. It’s where the laughingstock comes in – horse jokes and whatnot.

3. But Carl’s biggest problem that has dogged him for years is his attitude towards race. Because his schtick is “angry old man”, he can’t even see the forest for the trees. There is a way out of that hole, but he’s reacting like a cornered cat; haunches up, claws out. Carl could reach out to key minority groups and leaders, make amends, and make the case that his ideas would benefit not just the white, angry, upstate community, but New York State as a whole. Instead, his tone-deaf, belligerent campaign is lashing out at enemies, real and imagined.

4. On top of that, even though constitutional scholars say Carl doesn’t have the right to assume dictatorial powers upon becoming governor, why exactly is it a positive step for constitutional representative democracy to transform the government from three men in a room to one man in a room? Not only did the people elect those representatives and deserve to maintain that representation, but the answer to New York’s problem isn’t to further concentrate an already unfairly concentrated power in one man. The solution is to reduce the size of the state legislature, and fundamentally change its rules to ensure that it is a representative, deliberative lawmaking body and not anyone’s rubber stamp.

5. You know who, in 2010, unironically uses phrases like “sue the pants off of him“? People who might blame a supposed bomb scare on a “black militant group” that won’t give its name.

There may not be a way for Carl to win, but there is an opportunity for Carl to repair his reputation and become again a credible, persuasive voice for change. The “Carl the angry id” schtick is old, worn, and further harming his reputation.

P.S.: Two words I didn’t get to use yet and should have/wanted to: agape and penchant.

Thanks.

Paladino’s Conundrum

31 Mar

If I was a Republican in New York State, I’d be pretty ticked off, too, by the late entry of unlikely candidate Stephen Levy, the Democratic Suffolk County Executive, into the race.  Lazio has been running for governor for over a year, and if nothing else, he’s a dedicated Republican.  Levy’s a late switcher, and the whole thing reeks of desperation.

(I don’t know how the mustachioed Democrat from Long Island is meant to defeat the Cuomo juggernaut, but then I don’t make Ed Cox money).

But forget Republicans – we have a genuine tea party candidate announcing next Monday. Noted Buffalo professional loudmouth and sometime developer Carl Paladino is running as a real Republican; right down to the fact that he’s got Roger Stone’s BFF Michael Caputo as campaign manager.  They’ve gone the whole mockery route, essentially ignoring Lazio and instead running guns-a-blazing against Levy.

Don’t ignore the Cox/Stone Nixon connection.  There’s also allegations of a quid pro quo whereby Cox threw Levy the nod in exchange for his son, Chris Cox, getting support for an unlikely congressional run in Suffolk County.

Paladino would have you believe he’s a lifelong conservative Republican.  A guy so politically principled, with tea party credentials so pure, that he’s mocking Steve Levy’s recent Democratic past, and his support of Sheldon Silver’s Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee. Naturally, a good tea party candidate includes Biblical language implying that Cox and Levy are not unlike Judas; 30 pieces of silver was Judas’ payoff for betraying Jesus to the Romans.

But since Paladino is blasting Levy as being a Johnny-come-lately to the Republican fold, what about his own contributions and electoral history?

As Chris Smith reports, Paladino was a registered Democrat between 1974 – 2005.  He switched in late October 2005, coincidentally just a week or so before Byron Brown won election as Mayor of the City of Buffalo.  Paladino was tight with Tony Masiello.  With Brown’s election imminent, he switched parties.

Paladino was a big Helfer backer in 2005. In fact, the Brown campaign attacked Helfer for his very close ties to Kevin Helfer, whom Paladino employed to run BCAR.

But you can’t just erase a 30-year history as a loyal Democrat and generous donor to Democratic candidates and causes.  Including the dreaded  Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee that Paladino now berates Steve Levy for having donated to.

Levy’s donations to the DACC amount to a paltry $650 since 1999.

But Paladino’s donated – and continues to donate – quite generously to Democratic candidates. From Chris’ post:

Staats Street Group, Inc. has given nearly $5,000 to local and statewide Democrats, including $150 to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee, which Paladino uses as evidence that Levy is really a Democrat.

Swan Group LP, has given nearly $27,000 to various Democrats, including Robin Schimminger, Byron Brown, Brian Higgins, the New York State Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee, Erie County Democratic Party (ECDC), Len Lenihan, Jim Keane, and Dennis Gabryszak.

Mohawk Group LP, has given $9,600 to Democrats including David Paterson, Mark Poloncarz, Sam Hoyt, the ECDC and the Lackawanna Democratic Committee.

Niagara Group, LP has given $4,790 to local and statewide Democrats including Spitzer for Attorney General, Higgins, Dan Ward, Paul Tokasz, Hoyt and the ECDC.

Slade Group, LLC has given $10,500 to corrupt former candidate for Erie County Executive Paul Clark.

Michigan/Seneca Group, LP has given $14,750 to local and statewide Democrats including Spitzer for Attorney General, Paul Clark, Len Lenihan, the ECDC, Denise O’Donnell, Higgins, Paterson and Spitzer for Governor.

8246 Group, LP has given $6,600 to local and statewide Democrats including the ECDC, Spitzer, Paul Clark and Jim Keane.

2468 Group, LP has given $13,600 to local and statewide Democrats including Hoyt, Higgins, Denise O’Donnell, the ECDC, Jim Keane, Carl McCall,  Spitzer, Paul Clark, and Crystal Peoples.

Ellicott Development has given over $12,500 to local and statewide Democrats including Denise O’Donnell, Gary Parenti, Joe Nicoletti and Spitzer

Ellicott Group has given $700 to local Democrats including Hoyt and Higgins.

Ellicott Group, LLC has given $1,200 to local Democrats including the ECDC.

Ellicott Group A Partnership has given $5,600 to local Democrats including the ECDC, Hoyt, Paterson and Mickey Kearns.

JP Group has donated nearly $20,000 to local and statewide Democrats including Spitzer, Bonnie Russell, the ECDC, Paul Clark, Alan Hevesi, Lynn Marinelli and Joe Mesi.

Jefferson Utica Group, LP has given $1,200 to local Democrats.

9274 Group, LP (Who by the way have won 62 GSA contracts for a total of $738,171 in government money) has given $4,200 to local Democrats.

Paladino and his various shell companies and associations have donated over $135,000 to Democratic candidates since 2000, including several hundred dollars for Sheldon Silver’s Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee.  We’d have to consult paper records to go further back than that.

The appeal of the tea party movement is that it attracts and energizes people who believe themselves to be disenfranchised or otherwise ignored by government. Paladino is the consummate insider. He knows all the players. He donates generously to his favored candidates – to the people who will best help him and his businesses. He is not a principled player but a fundamentally transactional one.

Just look above at the various legally constituted entities he uses to donate money to candidates. He can donate far, far above the individual or corporate maximum by peppering his donations across several entities. It’s an insider’s trick, designed to maximize influence and minimize public scrutiny. (No one’s heard of “Niagara Group, LP”, for instance).

He can play conservative make-believe all he wants, but he can’t change the past. No matter how he explains the difference between “gun owners” and “sportsmen”.

And turning back again to the party switch in 2005, Paladino has been relentlessly critical of the Brown Administration. Of course, Brown has decided that Rocco Termini is his local developer of choice, thus shunting Paladino off to the side. I have no doubt that this:

…has nothing to do with a change in political belief and ideology and everything to do with the imminent Masiello exit and Brown entry, and quite likely the difference in how the Brown administration handled the downtown casino issue. (Read: stopped using Paladino to help negotiate on the city’s behalf with the Senecas). It’s no secret that Carl Paladino is the owner of all that attractive surface parking in the Cobblestone near where the permanent casino is supposed to go.

But in the end, this exchange from an interview Artvoice’s Bruce Jackson conducted with Carl Paladino is quite telling:

CP: I’m on your side on that one, Mr. Jackson. Totally. We could have protected ourselves, but they didn’t do it. And your buddy Byron Brown—

BJ: My buddy?

CP: Yeah, your buddy. He’s a liberal. He’s a liberal like you are. They’re your buddies.

BJ: Aren’t you a liberal? What are you?

CP: You tell me: How was that deal made?

BJ: What are you?

CP: I don’t know what I am. I’m a whatever. I don’t care. Any way you want to define me.

That was in 2006. Just four years later, Paladino has morphed from left-leaning transactional political player to right-leaning transactional political player. But he’s not in any position to accuse others of not passing a political purity test.

Dear Chris Collins:

13 Jan

Didn’t Nostradamus say that lapdances were the third anti-Christ or something?

Love, BP