Carl Paladino Runs For Republican and Conservative Line, May Create “Tea Party” Line

On April 5th Carl Paladino, New York Millionaire and Real Estate mogul, declared his candidacy for Governor of New York. He has pledged to spend up to $10 million of his own money on the race and is considered a favorite of conservative tea party activists. His campaign website says of his party affiliations and aspirations:

Carl is seeking the Republican and Conservative Party endorsements in this race, but he is not the candidate of political bosses. He will petition his way into the GOP primary ballot and even create a Tea Party line on the general election ballot if the Conservative Party does not endorse him.

Analysts and pollsters think it is highly unlikely that he’ll be able to claim either the Republican or Conservative nominations, both of which seem more likely to go to former Representative Rick Lazio. If a New York millionaire who is alright with running third-party sounds familiar, it is because we have seen this before:

Paladino said he has discussed his race with Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano, who spent about $75 million on three Independence Party runs for governor but never gained much of the vote.

“He told me he envied the opportunity, time and place I’m in right now,” Paladino said last week. “He told me it wasn’t like when he ran; there was no bubble of people who are so fed up.”

He said billionaire Golisano, now a Florida resident, told him to “watch out for the charlatans in the game, hire the best people, and get a major line.”

“I thought that was great advice,” he said.

The article, linked here, is wrong to say Golisano never received much of the vote–he received 14.2% in his 2002 race, over 650,000 votes. The article also makes clear that Lazio is having trouble raising money or exciting activists, two factors that could work in Paladino’s favor.

14 thoughts on “Carl Paladino Runs For Republican and Conservative Line, May Create “Tea Party” Line

  1. Trent Hill Post author

    I think it’s highly unlikely that Paladino wins the Republican nomination. But the Conservative Line could be his. If not, look for him to establish the Tea Party line and pull maybe 10%.

    In fact, he may create the Tea Party line regardless.

  2. Trent Hill Post author

    This race could end up being VERY interesting. With Paladino running on either the Conservative Party or Tea Party (or maybe both) lines, Rick Lazio running on the Republican line, Cuomo running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. Kristin Davis, former Prostitute supplier to Eliot Spitzer, running as the LP candidate. And the Independence Party line up for grabs. New York has one of the most interesting third party systems in the nation.

  3. paulie

    Kristin Davis, former Prostitute supplier to Eliot Spitzer, running as the LP candidate.

    Far from a foregone conclusion.

  4. Trent Hill Post author

    Oh I know. I actually think Warren Redlich will get the nomination–but I think he’ll fail to capture 50,000 votes. Not to mention, Davis would likely still run and create her own line, the Personal Choice Party or some such thing. That could make things even MORE interesting. If Palladino and Davis both did well (as in, over 50k votes)–then two new parties would exist.

  5. Gene Berkman

    Thanks for the link LibertarianBlue.

    Paladino has not just given to statist Democrats, but to statist Republicans as well. The article notes that the biggest recipient of Paladino’s contributions was Gov. George Pataki.

    Pataki bought elections by massively expanding state spending, and directing it toward whoever he needed to buy. He bought union support by backing construction projects that employed union labor, he bought the support of several Democrats in the legislature with funding for projects in their district. Pataki even bought the support of the cultish New Alliance Party by giving taxpayer funds to their “social therapy” clinics.

  6. Trent Hill Post author

    I actually doubt Paladino gets the Conservative Party line. He’ll likely make his own with Lazio getting the Conservative Party line.

  7. Trent Hill Post author

    I could care less about either of them or their issues. I’m just guessing as to who will get what lines.

  8. .......... Lake

    Tea party target Stupak leaving Congress

    The 9-term Democrat who took center stage in the health reform battle says he won’t seek re-election …………….

    paulie’s lack of response from various groups,
    business as usual, sad to say …………..

  9. paulie

    Tea party target Stupak leaving Congress

    The 9-term Democrat who took center stage in the health reform battle says he won’t seek re-election …………….

    paulie’s lack of response from various groups,
    business as usual, sad to say …………..

    I’m sorry, what? I didn’t know about Stupak seeking or not seeking re-election, much less any parties commenting about it. Actually, I’ve been pretty busy lately. Lots of other writers here….

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