LibertarianBlue blog reports on New York gubernatorial candidates Carl Paladino, Steve Levy, Kristin Davis and Warren Redlich

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Carl Paladino: Just another opportunist

Well another wolf in sheep’s clothing has been exposed. Tea Party Candidate for New York Governor Carl Paladino isn’t the a savior he and his supporters are painting him out to be. Buffalo News had shed some light on his donations in New York elections in recent years;

Paladino has given to such Democratic stalwarts as presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton, Richard Gephardt, John Kerry and Al Gore, a favorite “tea party” whipping boy. Besides $4,600 to Clinton’s presidential campaign, Paladino gave $5,100 to her Senate bankroll, and he gave Sen. Charles E. Schumer $1,000 last June.

When did Clinton, Kerry and Gore become bastions of liberty? Did I miss the memo? All three of these politicians support wealth redistribution, in addition Kerry and Clinton supported the Patriot Act and endless warmongering. I would think that a business owner like Paladino would understand that giving money to economy crushing Democrats is a bad thing. Which only means that Paladino didn’t get what he wanted from Clinton, Schumer and former Governor Eliot Spitzer (who he also donated money to). So surprise when political donor doesn’t get what he or she wants, they run against the politician that they donated to.

Of course a few questions remain in the light of this latest news;

1. Will the Conservative Party still endorse him?

The Conservative Party of New York bills themselves as the Conservative alternative when the Republicans nominate a candidate that is too liberal in their eyes. Their most recent nomination was Neocon Doug Hoffman for the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District in which he lost to 24 hour flip flopper Bill Owens. In the past they also threw their support for gun grabber Rick Lazio (who is also running for the Republican nomination for Governor) when he was a member of the House. Will the Conservative Party be most interested in winning or principle? Only time will tell.

2. Will the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association support him?

Currently they have yet to put out a public endorsement for any of the current candidates but in an personal email exchange I had with Tom King the organizations President, he was very enthusiastic over Paladino. When I asked him why Paladino over Warren Redlich and Kristin Davis, King cited that while he has known Redlich for years, Paladino is using much of his personal money for his campaign. Of course again this was a personal exchange between me and him so things can change.

So currently if no one else steps up to the plate Warren Redlich and Kristin Davis are the only two who are fully pro-liberty candidates. Redlich is running for both Republican and Libertarian lines, while Davis is also running for the Libertarian line but will run as a Personal Freedom Party if she does not get the nomination for the LP.

Scratch Steve Levy off the Pro Liberty Column

If you follow, the blog of political dirty trickster Roger Stone, today he wrote about the happenings within the New York Republicans and the Governors race. His comments towards Blue Dog Democrat turned Republican Steve Levy aren’t kind [and] describe him as anti-second amendment. Now I wouldn’t call Stone a liar but since Stone is currently helping Kristin Davis’ campaign for Governor I had to get confirmation. I had emailed the New York State Rifle &
Pistol Association
(New York’s biggest second amendment organization) to see what Levy’s gun record had been. According to Jacob J. Rieper, Vice President of Legislative
& Political Affairs, Levy had received an F when he served in the State Assembly and only improved somewhat as Suffolk County Executive.

Bottom line: Levy is another political opportunist taking advantage of the broad anti-statist movement. He was quite crafty about it, meeting with Republican leadership to show the people that he is about state and not party, then changes his affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Levy should be nowhere near Albany, the state has had enough of gun grabbers, regardless of the outcome of the Chicago case currently going on in the Supreme Court. So currently as it stands only three candidates remain on the pro gun side Warren Redlich, Kirstin Davis (which both are fighting for the Libertarian nomination) and Tea Party candidate Carl Paladino.

13 thoughts on “LibertarianBlue blog reports on New York gubernatorial candidates Carl Paladino, Steve Levy, Kristin Davis and Warren Redlich

  1. nyjimmysmith

    This is ancient news. Carl Paladino has not faultered from his ideals. The very nature of the Democrat and Republican Parties has changed dramatically and I do not blame for him for his support of both parties at different times. Bottom line is that Carl Paladino intends to downsize government, wasteful government spending, and expose/eliminate the rampant corruption in Albany. He has the background that I feel will solve the many problems New York State has faced for years and is still facing today. Mr. Paladino, so far you have my support! Glad to see yo made your own money, have plenty of it and will not be looking for “payoffs” from special interest groups! I Like Carl!

  2. paulie Post author

    The very nature of the Democrat and Republican Parties has changed dramatically and I do not blame for him for his support of both parties at different times.

    Please explain. In what why were the politicians listed above different when Mr. Paladino donated to them?

    Bottom line is that Carl Paladino intends to downsize government, wasteful government spending, and expose/eliminate the rampant corruption in Albany.

    Would you say the same is true of the politicians he has supported? If not, why give them money?

    will not be looking for “payoffs” from special interest groups!

    Maybe not from, but definitely to.

  3. Danny S

    nyjimmysmith, the problem with your analysis is that he donated to Schumer LAST JUNE and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid, which wasn’t that long ago at all. Those candidates were not very pro-liberty long before the start of the Obama administration or the bailouts, which they both supported.

  4. He is a Democrat ??????????? [Lake]

    3 responses so far ?

    * 1 nyjimmysmith // Apr 10, 2010:

    “This is ancient news. Carl Paladino has not faultered from his ideals. The very nature of the Democrat and Republican Parties has changed dramatically”

    Lake: uh, ah ‘minutely’ ???????? No one hates Obama, My Yokohoma Momma, like the Dem/ anti war party rank and file.

    Change, yeah in the sofa cushions!

    Peace Prize for the war monger!

    20 months later, same ole Afgan and Iraqi military adventures where we are the occupying intruders —– like 1900 Cuba and the Phillipines! Dramatically no, Minutely maybe!

  5. He is a Doctor of Spin ??????????? [Lake]

    Impeach Obama, my Yokohoma Momma ???? Don’t blame me [Perot, Perot, Nader, Nader, Nader ………]! I do not know any one that is happy with the bull shitter! Impeach ?????????? Un – elect in 2012 may be! The lack of military disengagement alone ………..

  6. Donald Duck

    The Case for Impeachment of President Barack Obama
    Submitted by dlindorff on Thu, 2010-04-01 14:08.

    * Activism
    * Afghanistan
    * Civil Rights / Liberties
    * Congress
    * Corruption
    * Criminal Prosecution and Accountability
    * Evidence
    * General Discussion
    * Human Rights
    * Impeachment
    * Military Industrial Complex
    * Obama Administration
    * Pakistan
    * Spying
    * Torture
    * Wall Street

    By Dave Lindorff

    Back in 2005-06, I wrote a book, The Case for Impeachment, in which I made the argument that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as other key figures in the Bush/Cheney administration–Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales–should be impeached for war crimes, as well as crimes against the Constitution of the United States.

    These days, when I mention the book’s title, people sometimes ask, half in jest, whether I’m referring to the current president, Barack Obama.

    Sadly, it is time to say, just 14 months into the current term of this new president, that yes, this president, and some of his subordinates, are also guilty of impeachable crimes–including many of the same ones committed by Bush and Cheney.

    Let’s start with the war in Afghanistan, which Obama has taken full ownership of with an escalation that will bring the number of US troops in that country (not counting mercenaries hired by the Pentagon and CIA) to 100,000 by this August.

    The president has authorized the use of Predator drone aircraft for a program of bombing conducted against Pakistan which has illegally expanded the Afghan War into another country without any authorization from Congress. These pilotless drones are known to kill far more innocent bystanders than enemy targets, making them fundamentally illegal on principle as weapons. Furthermore, this wave of attacks in Pakistan is a war of aggression against another nation if the word “war” is to have any meaning at all, and as such it is illegal under the UN Charter. Indeed initiating a war of aggression against a country which does not pose an immediate threat to the invader is described in the Charter and in the Nuremberg Tribunal Charter as the gravest of all war crimes.

    The president, as commander in chief, has also, in collusion with Attorney Eric Holder, blocked any prosecution of those who authorized and perpetrated torture against captives in the War in Iraq, the War in Afghanistan, and the so-called War on Terror–notably Federal Appeals Court Judge Jay Baybee, and Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo, who as Justice Department attorneys authored the legal briefs justifying torture– and has in fact continued to permit the application of torture against captives. All of this is in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions, which as a signed set of treaties, are part of the law of the United States. Under those treaties, failure on the part of those up the chain of command to halt or to punish those who commit torture are themselves guilty of the crime of torture.

    As commander in chief, President Obama has also overseen a strategy in Afghanistan of expanded attacks on civilians in Afghanistan. As in Iraq under the Bush administration, this current phase of the war in Afghanistan is seeing more civilians killed than enemy combatants, because of the widespread use of weapons like helicopter gunships, aerial bombardment, fragmentation bombs, etc., as well as a tactic of night raids on housing compounds where insurgents are suspected of hiding–raids that frequently lead to the deaths of many women and children and innocent men. It is significant that even the recent execution-style slaying of nine students, aged 11-18, by US-led forces, has not led to an investigation or prosecution of a individual. Rather, the incident is being covered up and ignored, with the clear acquiescence of the White House and the leadership at the Pentagon.

    It is also widely believed that under the command of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is known to have directed a large-scale death-squad operation in Iraq before moving to his current position, a similar death-squad campaign of assassination is being conducted now in Afghanistan–a campaign that like the notorious Phoenix Program in the 1960s in Vietnam, is almost certainly resulting in the deaths of many innocent Afghans.

    Domestically, the president has continued to allow the policy of detention without trial of hundreds of captives in Guantanamo Bay and other prisons, including Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, and his director of national security has even stated that it is the policy of this administration that American citizens deemed by the administration to be enemy combatants or terrorists may be targeted for summary execution. Such officially sanctioned state murder is a blatant violation of the Constitution’s insistence that every American has a right to a presumption of innocence and to a trial by a jury of his or her peers.

    The president has also continued and in some ways even expanded the Bush/Cheney administration’s program of warrantless spying by the National Security Agency on the electronic communications of millions of Americans. A part of that program, the monitoring of communications of a now defunct Islamic charity, was just declared illegal by a federal judge in a case that was brought against the Bush/Cheney administration, but which continued to be defended by the current administration. There has not been a decision as yet by the Obama administration about whether to appeal that decision. While the case in question does not represent a crime by the Obama administration, it is clear that it only represents the very tip of the huge iceberg of domestic spying, and the administration’s vigorous efforts to shut down this case or to win it are clear evidence that the NSA is continuing to do the same thing on a vast scale. In fact, the only reason this case even got to trial is because of a government error that resulted in a memo describing the monitoring being mailed inadvertently to the victims of the spying.

    While we’re at it, I would also suggest that there is amble evidence to call for the impeachment of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who appears, as head of the New York Federal Reserve, to have colluded in an effort to cover up a massive fraud at Lehman Brothers, and who has subsequently as Treasurer, participated in unprecedented giveaways of taxpayer funds to several of the country’s largest banking institutions.

    The above enumeration of criminal and Constitutional transgressions makes it clear that this president, like his predecessor, has, almost since his first day in office, continued down a road of criminal and unconstitutional behavior that threatens the survival of Constitutional government in the United States.

    Let me state it simply: President Barack Obama, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Treasury Secretary Geithner, should be impeached for war crimes and high crimes against the Constitution.

    Of course, having watched the Democratic Congress shamelessly duck its solemn duty to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and their criminal subordinates for two years, I have no illusions about that same Democratic Congress allowing an impeachment bill to be filed against this president.

    Having said that, I think it is important to at least make the point publicly that this president, like the one before, deserves to be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.


    DAVE LINDORFF is a Philadelphia-area journalist. His latest book is “The Case For Impeachment” (St. Martin’s Press, 2006). His work is available at

  7. Donald Duck

    “shamelessly duck its solemn duty to initiate impeachment proceedings…”

    Hey! That’s my line!

  8. paulie Post author

    Impeach an illegal. He should have never been there in the first place.

    That would be Bush (two stolen elections). Obama actually won his. Too bad he turned out to be little more than Bush in blackface, but some of us predicted it. And, yes, he was born in the US.

    Thanks for posting my articles Paulie

    You’re welcome, and thanks for the articles. I hope you don’t mind me fixing a few minor errors, such as Ms. Davis’ first name (Kristin, not Kristen).

  9. Ethan

    Levy actually voted to protected one of the only shooting ranges left on LI… I wouldn’t say that gives him an F. That gives him an A, because there would be no recreational gun place if it wasn’t for him here in Suffolk…

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