BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Carl Paladino is promising to bring transparency to state government so the people of New York can see "the nonsense that comes out of the mouths" of lawmakers and union leaders, who the Buffalo attorney and developer said controls Albany.
"A lot of these rats are going to run out of town," he said. "Trust me."
"These legislators, half of them can't put two words together," said Paladino. "Some of them may have died a couple years ago. I don't even think if they know they're alive."
The businessman who is known by Western New Yorker's for speaking his mind, gave political reporters more than an earful when it comes to Albany dysfunction and its tax and spend addiction.
Paladino met with reporters at the Capitol, one day after he launched his campaign before a crowd of 600 at the Ellicott Square Building in downtown Buffalo.
Paladino said the state is facing bankruptcy, a possible $20 billion budget deficit next fiscal year and out of control spending that is sending New Yorkers running for cover out of the state.
When asked about Attorney General Andrew Cuomo becoming the Democratic standard bearer for the Governor's Mansion, Paladino promised to "defrock him."
"Because I can do it," Paladino said. "The people want it done."
A spokesperson for Cuomo declined to comment.
Paladino promises to spend up to $10 million of his own money to fund the campaign.
When asked by reporters, Paladino declined to discuss his 10-year-old daughter, whom he fathered with a woman who was not his wife.
The topic has been relatively well-known locally, but New York City newspapers picked up the story this week.
"I love all of my children. They're all precious to me," he said, telling reporters he would not discuss the matter further.
Why Paladino for Governor?
"Google me," he told reporters. "You'll see I have unique ways of getting things done."
Paladino spearheaded efforts to remove the tolls on the Niagara Section of the New York State Thruway through downtown Buffalo and went to court and won when the Seneca Nation of Indians tried to build its Erie County casino outside of the City of Buffalo.
Two other candidates are seeking the Republican party's nomination in the race for Governor: Rick Lazio, a former congressman, and Steve Levy, the Democratic Suffolk County Executive who was recruited by state Republicans.
One of them will face Democrat Andrew Cuomo in November, the presumed candidate who has yet to announce his campaign.
"He's been crowned in a liberal state," Paladino said. "I don't understand it. The people I talk to don't understand it either."
"Our governing class historically have crowned themselves."