Paladino Took Government Tax Break By Pledging To Deliver Jobs, But Instead Pocketed The Money

This man will not win the gubernatorial election in NYC on November 4, 2010.  He’s got too much baggage.  This latest revelation is just one of a string of unsavory actions by Mr. Paladino…

Think Progress 

An investigation by the New York Daily News finds that New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, a multi-millionaire real estate developer, promised to revive the economy of Buffalo by creating new jobs, received $3 million in state tax breaks to do so, but then pocketed the tax refunds while delivering very few jobs:

A Daily News probe found Paladino’s companies netted $3 million in tax breaks through a program called the Empire Zones – while producing a grand total of 25 new jobs.

To justify tax breaks in one instance, he sold a dozen vacant lots he owned to himself and claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in “real property investments.” Seven years later, these “investments” remain what they were – vacant lots.

His Empire Zone investments consisted mostly of renovating his own buildings – $19 million worth. He completed no new construction and brought no new businesses in any of his Empire Zone projects.

Instead, the Paladino companies such as the Ellicott Group mostly generate income through six big office buildings that collect millions of dollars in rent.

Ironically, Paladino claims his campaign is standing up for taxpayers. For instance, he wants to slash the state’s Medicaid spending by almost half because, he said, New York invites anyone to “come here and sit on the backs of our taxpayers.”

Speaking before New York business leaders this past week, Paladino pledged to cut taxes for the rich, including across-the-board cuts in corporate franchise taxes. “I will provide businesses relief from the onerous taxes and regulations strangling them today,” Paladino said. “I’m going to make our businesses competitive again.” But his own experience suggests that cutting taxes for the wealthiest is hardly the best way to jump-start the economy.

One of Paladino’s properties lost its Empire Zone tax credits during a state review last year, “with the state arguing the property did not create enough jobs to justify the tax breaks.” Perhaps the taxpayers should be telling Paladino: “Don’t tread on me.”

Mario Piperni: Carl Paladino – Bad Guy


 The New York Post is a rag and Carl Paladino is trash which makes a fitting combo for this latest round of sleaze.

Seems that Carl Paladino has lived up to his “mad as hell” campaign slogan.

Last night at a campaign event in Lake George, the New York Republican gubernatorial nominee and New York Post state editor Fred Dicker had to be separated, after they nearly came to blows during a heated exchange over Paladino’s out-of-wedlock daughter.

Paladino accused Dicker of sending Post photographers after the 10-year-old girl, who he had with a woman who is not his wife. “You send another goon to my daughter’s house, and I’ll take you out, buddy!” Paladino yelled.

Previously, Paladino accused his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, of having had an affair.

“Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours?” Paladino asked, adding: “When he was married. Or asked him why his wife left him or threw him out of the house? Has anybody ever done that?”

Politician’s children should of course be left out of political mud-slinging but Paladino does bring a new level of filth to the fight.  His XXX-rated and racist emails as well as his thuggery is an embarrassment to all politicians – a group of individuals not easily embarrassed.

You can thank teabaggers for giving scum like Paladino a national forum.


Tea Party Woes

Randi Rhodes Blog

What happens when the Tea Party universe collides with reality? Surprise, surprise—it turns out that a lot of people in Tea Party whacko and New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s inner circle have shady pasts. In fact, the only thing in New York State with a more tainted past than Carl Paladino’s inner circle is Love Canal.

One Paladino adviser has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $1 million from Michael Bloomberg’s re-election bid last year. What kind of advice does this advisor give? “Hey, why don’t you let me take care of the checkbook?” Yeesh! Who is dumb enough to hire an advisor who stole from his last employer? That would be like hiring a convicted drunk driver to be your driver. Oops. Paladino did that too. Yep. Paladino’s driver is a drunk driver.

Paladino’s campaign advisor stole money from another campaign. I can only assume that Paladino’s press spokesperson has Tourette Syndrome. Hey Carl, do you need a dog walker? Michael Vick is out of jail. Here’s an idea, Carl—put the drunk driver in charge of your campaign money, and let the embezzler be your driver. That way at least they’re not dealing with their field of criminal expertise.

In a separate reality check, both Sharron Angle and her husband receive healthcare from the federal government. So if Sharron Angle says she wants to get government off of your back, it’s only so it can take care of her needs. Angle gets federal health insurance through her husband, who is a retired federal employee. They also get a federal pension check. Sharron Angle didn’t respond to the revelations—maybe her mouth was full, sucking on the government teat.

Finally, Christine O’Donnell has been claiming that she studied at Oxford.  You don’t have to be an Oxford grad to figure out that’s not true. O’Donnell’s LinkedIn bio page lists “University of Oxford” as one of the schools she attended. Not likely. A quick perusal of Oxford shows that they don’t even offer courses in witchcraft, creationism, or masturbation avoidance. In reality, Christine took a course from the on-line Phoenix Institute, which rented space at Oxford. What is this? A mail drop? It sounds like Christine O’Donnell was at the educational equivalent of a Cayman Islands business address. A spokesman for the Phoenix Institute called O’Donnell’s claim that she went to Oxford “misleading.” I think the proper term is “lying,” but then I never took a semantics course at Oxford.

‘Oh For Goodness Sake’ Blog: Feel Better Soon, Buffalo Pundit

Oh For Goodness Sake  gets it about the really creepy Republican candidate for Governor, Carl Paladino:

A so-called fiscal conservative, anti-government slumlord, who fights mightily for his own tax breaks, having already sucked vast personal wealth out of tax-based government housing programs; an adulterous model for conservative family values, who circulated Birtheristic, racist, sexist, obscene emails, like a 12-year-old boy–this ignorant blow-hard hate mongering Tea Party buffoon is who Republican voters selected as their candidate for governor of the Empire State? Sure, why not!

Not a chance for the general, though, I would have thought, never happen.

But Alan Bedenko usually knows what he is talking about; he knows Carl Paladino and he knows NYS politics:

And therefore, I’m predicting that Carl Paladino is going to win this thing. It will be very, very close – I think 52-48 sounds about right. But I think that voter dissatisfaction throughout this state has reached such a fever pitch that it – combined with a feckless, formulaic opposition from the NYSDC and Cuomo’s camp – will propel him to victory thanks to the angry rural, upstate voters, the angry upstate city voters, and the angry upstate and downstate suburban voters.

Counting Cuomo out seems awfully extreme and the latest poll shows Cuomo is in good shape.

A majority of likely voters supports Democrat Andrew Cuomo in his bid for New York governor against Republican Carl Paladino, a Rasmussen Reports poll shows.

Fifty-four percent of likely voters favor Cuomo, the state’s attorney general, compared with 38 percent for Paladino, Rasmussen Reports said today. It’s the first survey of the state’s governor’s race the polling group has conducted since the Sept. 14 primaries.

Let’s hope New York State cleans up its voting machine mess before November, particularly in New York City, where the most Cuomo votes will count, just in case.

Maybe it all looks worse from Western New York. Maybe the Buffalo Pundit is a tad bit depressed. But he is talking about the same folks who eventually elected a divorced Hollywood actor President of the United States. It sounds silly now, but I remember when that was a “never happen.” At least Ronald Reagan, for all his sins, wasn’t a raving lunatic who would compare a Jew to “Hitler” or the “Anti-Christ.” As far as I know

Mario Piperni: Carl Paladino And His Hallowed 9/11 Cloud Dust

Mario Piperni’s artwork is fantastic.  I use it quite often on this blog.  The political messages that they portray speaks volumes.

Mario Piperni

The talk has been about Christine O’Donnell’s victory in Delaware but another teabagger-backed nutcase who won on Tuesday was Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for next governor of New York.  Paladino was criticized during the primary for having sent out numerous emails to friends and colleagues depicting images of bestiality, hardcore sex and derogatory and racial images of President Obama.

Now, in true Republican fashion, he puts forth his mix of lies, hate and idiocy in an interview with CNN.

“I’m talking about an Imam who made prior statements about bringing in sharia law to America, and having the Muslim community practice under the American constitution their sharia law,” Paladino said. “That’s not kosher for us.”

As for what he would do with the proposed Islamic community center project…

“We will go in there and we will put a restrictive covenant on the property and all of the property in the Ground Zero site.”

Then he defined what he meant by Ground Zero:

“Ground Zero for me is the extended site over which the dust cloud containing human remains traveled,” he went on. “That Ground Zero site will be protected in the memory of those who fell at the World Trade Center, as well as the memory of the thousands and thousands of soldiers — of American and Allied soldiers — that fell in the ensuing wars, and the 150,000 troops we still have over there defending our right to speak like this today.”

Lovely.  So a cloud dust would now determine where anything Islamic can be built.  The Party of Stupid just got stupider.

Who is NY GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino?

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You’ve undoubtedly heard of this character earlier in the year when it was revealed that Carl Paladino had sent racist and raunchy emails out to friends and associates.

So, the Tea Party fully endorsed Carl Paladino, yet they claim there’s not a racist bone within the Tea Party.  Think again Teabaggers…

So let’s find out more about this “Tea Party Favorite”, Carl Paladino:

The CS Monitor describes him this way:

Call Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York governor, “an angry man.”

Mr. Paladino, an upstate real estate developer, spits out tough statements. In one of his campaign ads, he promises to “clean out [the state capital of] Albany with a baseball bat.” He wants to cut taxes by 10 percent within six months of taking office. And he would settle the controversy over the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan by having the state take over the property by eminent domain.  Continue…

Al D’Amato, Ed Koch And Carl McCall Vs. Carl Paladino »  NY Daily News

No, the three NY1 Wiseguys have no problem with the idea of Republican Carl Paladino becoming governor of New York — other than the fact that in an open letter released today, the trio calls Paladino every name in the book. 

They write that in the GOP primary between Paladino and vanquished Rick Lazio, “anger overcame reason and enabled a fringe element to choose the Republican nominee.The end result was the selection of Mr. Paladino, a divisive figure simply not fit to lead this great

Other thoughts from the letter, which you can peruse for yourself below:

“Mr. Paladino practices a destructive brand of politics that will divide our state.”

On Paladino’s “Dignity Corps,” which he said would provide the indigent with training in job skills and “personal hygiene”: “That type of hateful comment has no place in our discourse, dehumanizing the poor and playing off of despicable racist ideas.”

“He has portrayed himself as an anti-government crusader, while embodying the very worst of Albany’s pay-to-play culture.”

Read for yourself:

So…my thinking is that Paladino will not have an easy ride, trying to secure the race to be Governor of NY State.  He has a formidable opponent in Andrew Cuomo, the son of former NY mayor, Mario Cuomo.

More on Paladino:



In April 2010 WNY Media published emails it claimed were sent by Paladino. The alleged emails showed a video clip of African tribesmen dancing that characterized the video as “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal.” and President Obama and Michelle Obama as a pimp and prostitute that have been described as racist. Other emails that WNY Media claims Palidino sent portrays bestiality and Miss France having intercourse.[37][38] Campaign manager Michael Caputo initially stated that the authenticity of some of the e-mails in the past could not be verified, but that Paladino had sent “off-color” and “politically incorrect” emails in the past.[37][39] WNY Media has been accused in the past of forging e-mails pertaining to another scandal.[40] Paladino later acknowledged that some of the e-mails were authentic, but denied that he originated any of them, saying that he was “somewhat careless” about forwarding them to others.[41] The state of New York was attempting to terminate their binding contracts and leases with Ellicott Development because of the accusations,[42] though it was later discovered that they could not legally do so, and the state will be forced to honor the contracts.[43]

Political positions:

Paladino says that he plans to use interpretations of the Constitution of the State of New York to declare a fiscal state of emergency, which he will then use to freeze compensation of state, municipal and school employees[16][17] and cut the state budget by 10 to 20 percent. He proposes closing off welfare services to those who come from out of state to receive benefits, by placing a minimum residency requirement of one year before anyone can claim state benefits. He seeks to cut the state’s Medicaid budget by nearly 30%, or $20 billion[18] both by making significant cuts to benefits as well as requiring identification, fingerprints and drug testing in order to receive benefits.[19]  Continue…

Rachel Maddow summarizes Paladino’s past:

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Today on CNN he discussed “Ground Zero” with Rick Sanchez:

Progress Report: Tea Party Racism Exists

Racism In The Tea Parties

 In passing a resolution condemning the racist elements within the Tea Party this week, the NAACP set off a media firestorm over the merits of its charge against the right-wing movement. As the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates notes, critics bemoaned the resolution as a silly stunt that “heightened division” and implied that racist extremists define the membership of the Tea Party. Such a wholesale charge would certainly be exaggerated and inaccurate, but that was not the charge the NAACP made. “The resolution was amended during the debate to specifically ask the Tea Party itself to repudiate the racist elements and activities of the Tea Party.” As NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous said, “We’re simply asking them to repudiate racist acts and bigotry in their ranks or accept responsibility.” But instead of acknowledging and disassociating themselves from the more radical actions of their membership, Tea Party leaders have said that racist elements are non existent. In hurling accusations of racism back at the NAACP, Tea Party leaders have wielded a professed desire for colorblindness as a whitewashing tool. But Tea Party members are employing a defense that only perpetuates the racism they are desperately trying to refute.

YES, THERE IS RACISM: Galled by the NAACP’s shot across the bow, Tea Party leaders and sympathizers immediately dismissed the charge of racism in the movement as unrepresentative or unfounded. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin sounded off on Facebook this week, decrying the racism accusation as a “false” and “appalling” insult of which the “patriots of the tea party movement are truly undeserving.” Conservative Bishop E.W. Jackson shrugged off the displays of racist tendencies, claiming “people will sometimes say things.” He insisted that “the idea that the tea party movement is racist or that it has racist elements that need to be denounced is a nonsensical statement.” At this point, the overwhelming evidence of such “radical elements” is enough to discredit any outright dismissal of the NAACP’s claim. The North Iowa Tea Party recently launched a billboard that equates President Obama with flagrant racist Adolf Hitler. In April, Tea Party member and New York GOP gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino forwarded “racially degrading material” in emails, one of which was posted at the Neo-Nazi Stormfront website. Ironically, the clearest example of endorsed racism was offered by the Tea Party Express chairman and spokesperson Mark Williams. While contending that it’s the NAACP that is “bigoted,” Williams has made outright bigoted comments, referring to Allah as the “terrorists’ monkey God,” to a Jewish developer as a “Jewish Uncle Tom,” and to Muslims as “semi-human, bipedal primates with no claim to be treated like humans.” In responding to the NAACP’s charge, he accused the group of being “professional race baiters” who “make more money than any slave trader ever.”    Continue reading…