Paladino wins Republican nomination for governor, and other primary results

Carl Paladino beat Rick Lazio in the Republican primary for governor -- and it wasn't even close. He was ahead by a 2-1 margin when the AP called the race last night. [AP] [NYDN]

Embedded above is a clip from Paladino's post-primary speech, posted by State of Politics (here's part two). Here's transcript clip:

They say I'm too blunt. Well I am, and I don't apologize for it.
They say I'm an angry man. And that's true! We're all angry - not just because we woke up on the wrong side of the bed. We're angry about paying the highest income taxes and property taxes in the nation and getting less and less for it. We're angry about our incompetent, dysfunctional government that pays no attention to the desires of the people. We're angry about the cesspool of corruption and conflicts of interest and self-dealing that's the Albany of today.
But here's what my critics, what they don't quite understand: I know there is a way to bring opportunity and economic growth back to new york state. And you're coming with me and we're going to do it. And I believe we can.
We're New Yorkers and we're Americans - we can do anything we set our minds to. Those who say that New York's brightest days are behind us - those who say our our state is so broken it can't be fixed - those that say nothing can be done to rebuild New York - they're dead wrong!
You see, I believe our brightest days are ahead of us.

A Siena poll from mid-August had Paladino trailing Andrew Cuomo by a wide margin in a hypothetical general election match-up for governor. That poll also reported that Lazio was leading Paladino for the nomination.

Earlier on AOA: Who is Carl Paladino?

Other notable primary results

+ State senator Eric Schneiderman edged out Kathleen Rice in the Democratic primary for attorney general. He'll face Republican Dan Donovan in the general election. [Bloomberg]

+ Former Congressman Joe DioGuardi won the Republican primary for US Senate and will face Kirsten Gillibrand. Jay Townsend won the other Republican primary for US Senate and will face Chuck Schumer. [NYT] [AP]

+ Incumbent Neil Breslin fought off a challenge from Luke Martland in the Democratic primary for the 46th state Senate seat (the district that covers Albany County). He'll face Republican Bob Domenici, and Michael Carey -- who's running on an independent line. [TU] [TU Local Politics]

+ State senate majority leader Pedro Espada was defeated by Gustavo Rivera in the Democratic primary for the 33rd state Senate seat (the Bronx). Rivera is a former Kirsten Gillibrand staffer. Though, as one voter told NYT: "The best thing about him is that his last name isn't Espada." [NYDN] [NYT]


The debates will be awesome.

Carl Paladino is angry.
His supporters are angry too.
People generally make irrational decisions when they're angry.

Jus' Sayin'

I have absolutely no faith that Paladino is capable of being an effective governor. I don't think it's likely that he would win, but if he does, we're going to see an entirely different new of dysfunctional.

make that, "an entirely different breed of dysfunctional."

People are angry and incumbents should be concerned. I'm not implying that Paladino can beat Cuomo (and I know he's not an incumbent to the office), but look at the past results in New Jersey, Mass., and Virginia.

Albany and Washington are BROKEN. Time to give someone else a shot at it....

"We're angry about paying the highest income taxes and property taxes in the nation and getting less and less for it. We're angry about our incompetent, dysfunctional government that pays no attention to the desires of the people. We're angry about the cesspool of corruption and conflicts of interest and self-dealing that's the Albany of today."

Am I missing something? I agree with him 100%

I'm sure a lot of people agree with him, ph.

Anger is fine. What is he gonna do about it? being angry (among the many other things Paladino is) is not "a way to bring opportunity and economic growth back to new york state."

Cut spending and cut taxes...won't be easy, but neither is losing all of your businesses to states with tax incentives. We can't continue to spend the way we do - period.

Well, that sounds super-duper easy! You convinced me, he's got my vote.

@ B

Please enlighten me to what Cuomo is suggesting. I'll be anxiously awaiting your response.....

Did I endorse Cuomo? No. Nice strawman.

But, let's take a look at what Cuomo has proposed:
- Independent monitoring of ethics violations in state government
-Lowering and disclosure of political contributions by contractors and lobbyists
-A wide range of other campaign contribition reforms, including limits to "soft" contributions and an overall ceiling, closing coprorate loopholes, and improved enforcement of existing regulations
-Full disclosure of outside income for legislators
-An independent redistricting comission
-Member item reform, including elimination of conflicts of interest, preemptive transparency, and agency oversight of spending

Actually, you know, screw this. I'm essentially copying and pasting what anyone can read at Cuomo's website and that was just from part of his plan to reform state government. Part 1 of 5 which you can also read here. Am I saying all of these are great ideas, or that he can and will implement them if in office? Of course not, but these are specific plans of action to deal with specific problems in the state.

By comparison, here's Paladino's plan. Eight bullet points, mostly vague. Versus five PDFs with detailed plans and yes, even references. And what's the second point on his landing webpage? His thoughts on a NYC mosque which he won't even name and instead calls it the Ground Zero Mosque, even though it's two blocks away from the WTC site. Inflammatory rhetoric. What's after that? His welfare reform concept that sends those seeking state aid to work camps.


That's your platform based on anger, bigotry, and ignorance. But hey, you agree with him 100%, that's nice.

Don't get worked up over what B's arguing folks.

Seems to me the argument should be framed as Drunken Exploits vs 8 Bullet Points.

Good point, though sometimes it's hard to arrive to definite conclusions

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