NY GOP gov hopeful insists he’s kind, gentle but says he’d tell lawmakers ‘don’t mess with me’By AP
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
NY GOP governor hopeful insists he’s kind, gentle
NEW YORK — Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says he would get New York legislators to cooperate with him by telling them “don’t mess with me.”
He also called Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a “criminal.” He has previously accused the powerful Democrat of running the government like a dictatorship.
Paladino spoke Tuesday at a breakfast forum sponsored by Crain’s New York Business.
The Buffalo developer has sought to cast himself as the angry insurgent. But he twice told the audience of business leaders that they were hearing from a “kinder and gentler Carl.”
The Manhattan appearance followed a tumultuous week for the tea party Republican.
Last week Paladino had a confrontation with a New York Post reporter and sought to backpedal from a personal attack he lobbed at Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
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