Celeste Katz reports at NY Daily News,
“I’m not a fan of Lazio and of course I’ll vote for myself and the Libertarian ticket in November, but Carl Paladino would be a disgrace to the Republican Party. His boorish extremism would help the Democrats in a number of close races, especially in the State Senate,” said Redlich, who’s a member of the Guilderland Town Board.
Redlich went off on Paladino on any number of fronts, from his past contributions to Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton to his association with consultant Roger Stone.
Atlhough both candidates have come out strongly on the issue of the proposed Park51 mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero, Redlich said he feels Paladino “took it to a much higher level of bigotry combined with violent rhetoric.”
Meanwhile, at Liberty Lion, Dr. Tom Stevens writes:
Empire State Libertarians has endorsed Carl Paladino over Rick Lazio in the New York State Republican Gubernatorial Primary scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. This endorsement was made to provide guidance to libertarians in New York State who have not decided whether to vote for Paladino or Lazio in the primary.
If elected Governor of the State of New York, Carl Paladino has promised to:
1) CUT INCOME TAXES BY 10% BY JUNE 2011: New Yorkers are taxed way too much. Carl won’t cap taxes, he’ll cut taxes. Capping is gutless; cutting takes courage.
2) CUT THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT BY 20% BY DECEMBER 2011: New York State government is far too big and spends too much. He’ll cut by eliminating entire agencies and departments and trimming unnecessary staff across the government.
3) CUT MEDICAID BY $20 BILLION IN HIS FIRST BUDGET: New York offers more gold-plated Medicaid optional benefits than any other state and this is killing our taxpayers. Carl will cut these optional benefits back to California levels – still the second most expensive Medicaid state in America – saving New Yorkers $10 Billion in taxes.
4) CUT BUSINESS TAXES TO ENCOURAGE JOB RETENTION AND GROWTH: Carl will give New York’s existing manufacturers, farmers and other businesses a tax holiday if they reinvest this money to keep or create jobs.
Polls show the primary race in a dead heat going into today’s primary, with both candidates likely to keep campaigning actively into November should they lose – Paladino as the Taxpayers Party candidate, or Lazio as the Conservative Party candidate. Andrew Cuomo is a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination and already has the Working Families Party line. Republicans and non-party-affiliated independents can vote in the Republican primary.