Carl Paladino Skips Conservative Party of NY Convention, Plans for New Ballot Line

New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is fed up with the Conservative Party and doesn’t seem to think they have treated him fairly. Rather than show up a convention which he thought was unfair, he met with local tea party leaders to discuss creating a new ballot line.

Friday he stopped in Rochester. According to his campaign staff, it was the same day that he was to speak at the New York State Conservative Party Convention.

Paladino decided not to attend after the party endorsed his Republican opponent Rick Lazio and cut his speaking time to 2 minutes.

Paladino turned his focus to the Tea Party Movement. Aboard the 40-foot tugboat that he is traveling the canal, the Buffalo businessman met with local Tea Party leader Russ Thompson and his counterparts from Oswego County, Montgomery County and the Mohawk Valley.

The topic of discussion was a petition drive to win a Tea Party ballot line for the November election. They were quick to point out that this is not a third party line, but merely a line to which disenchanted voters can turn.

Thompson pointed out that Tea Party members don’t want to form their own political party, they want to change the approach of Republicans and Conservative parties to be more responsive to disillusioned voters.

Friday’s meeting was to discuss the best name for this new ballot line. They hope to officially announce the name next week.

Speculation abounds as to what the name will be, but the most common guess has been simple–Tea Party.

8 thoughts on “Carl Paladino Skips Conservative Party of NY Convention, Plans for New Ballot Line

  1. Eric Sundwall

    A dysfunctional lunacy of sorts. If they get 50K votes they’ve started a new party, duh.

  2. Rus Thompson

    The Independent party had already cut their deal with Cuomo, it was a done deal long ago. That Party of course is controlled by Pigeon, it has been corrupted and is useless.

    We should have had a chance with the Conservatives but Lazio cut the deal with Long. He will make sure the jobs Long has for his friends and family will stay in place. No longer is either Party about their own platform, it all about control, power and patronage.

    It is time for a third party line that will be used simply to give people another place to vote for Carl then the line needs to disappear so it will not be co-opted by egotistical, power hungry leaders like all, the rest.

  3. Eric Sundwall

    Russ – a convenience line for Carl is problematic if you want to just go away. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

    If you form a line and it gets 50K, you’ve opened the door up for types of shenanigans ala Independence Party, the legacy of another uptight rich dude.

    You guys have the GOP primary and that’s it, game over, in terms of ‘winning’.

  4. Eric Sundwall

    The insurgent slate with the Conservatives does give a little hope until the faithful all pile on behind Lazio, the sacrificial lamb of what’s left of the GOP in NY.

  5. Derek

    It would be great to see the third parties to game the system in states with fusion voting. Get the Greens, Libertarians and Constitutionalists together. A Green and Libertarian, for example, run for Gove/LG and then allocate the remaining seats equally between the GP, LP and CP.

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