BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Buffalo businessman and gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino said Thursday that he plans to petition his way onto the New York Republican Party ballot.
In parallel, the Paladino campaign will create and petition a Tea Party-oriented line to capture disaffected Democrats, Republicans and independents.
"I thought guys in construction were cut-throat but some county chairmen make those guys look like girls scouts," Paladino said of his first New York Republican Party Convention. "I have met many great people though on the campaign trail: Republican, Conservative, Independent, Libertarian and Tea Party, families and just plain Joe Citizens who sick and tired of footing the bill for higher taxes and the most extravagant spending to benefit an elite political class that is both incompetent and corrupt."
"I thought the Republican process would be fair and open but it was not," Paladino said. "Chairman Cox encouraged me to get into the race and be bound by the process on a Tuesday and endorsed Mr. Levy, Sheldon Silver's hand-picked Assembly Ways and Means Chairman and a supporter of the$787 Billion Obama stimulus package on that Friday. One guy even disinvited me to a meeting I was never invited to to begin with. The process was a joke."
"Rick Lazio is a nice fellow and we have developed a cordial relationship and I think he is a man of his word- but he took a $1.2million dollar bonus as a lobbyist for Wall Street Bank handed $25 Billion in the Federal bail out. That's our tax money Rick put in his pocket," Paladino said.
Paladino also let loose on Democratic nominee for governor, Andrew Cuomo.
"Cuomo's misjudgment helped lead to a U.S Financial melt-down and wiped out our 401ks. The savior of New York? I think not. On this, Cuomo's only time with executive authority, his greatest vulnerability, Rick Lazio is complicit," Paladino said.
"New York is desperate for new leadership untied to the mistakes of the past. The taxpayers want including fresh thinking, common sense principles, courage to fight the special interests and the return of Government to the people," Paladino said. ""Therefore I will enter the Republican primary by petition to insure New Yorkers have a choice beyond two career politicians."