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.