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.