D'Amato, Koch: Paladino 'Unfit' to Serve

September 16, 2010 Updated Sep 16, 2010 at 6:36 PM EDT

By John Borsa

September 16, 2010 Updated Sep 16, 2010 at 6:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- With his dog Duke at his side, Carl Paladino juggles his real estate and development business and his Republican bid for New York Governor from his office in downtown Buffalo.

Less than 48 hours after his shocking win over opponent Rick Lazio in Tuesday's Primary, Paladino is beginning to feel the heat from his political enemies.

Three former politicians, two Democrats and a Republican, have written an open letter to New York voters, attacking the Buffalo businessman.

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, Former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato say Paladino is "…a divisive figure simply not fit to lead this great state."

"Carl Paladino has proven himself unfit to serve as Governor," they write in the two-page letter. "He is exactly the wrong person to lead our state."

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Paladino's Democratic rival, made his first public comments about the campaign since Tuesday's Primary.

"I don't know Mr. Paladino and I don't think my characterization is relevant or appropriate," Cuomo said.

"They're frightened to death," said Paladino. "They're shaking. Andrew [Cuomo] is obviously in meltdown."

Paladino said he will soon speak with former Republican Governor George Pataki. State GOP Chairman Ed Cox has already pledged his support.

As for Cuomo, Paladino said he wants to debate the candidate as soon as possible.

"He sees us coming - he sees a people's revolution and he keeps trying to look the other way and it doesn't work," Paladino said.