OSWEGO, NY – Carl Paladino brought his campaign to the Port City on Saturday afternoon. He arrived at the Press Box shortly before 3 p.m.
He was greeted by more than five dozen supporters and patrons already pumped up from watching Syracuse University pummel Cincinnati on the football field.
“I’m an outsider, I’m not politically correct. They want to say I’m angry? It’s a reflection of the passion of the people. I’m a reflection of their frustrations,” Paladino said.
He said he isn’t driven by money or power, has no ego to fulfill and doesn’t need a pat on the back.
“All I’m doing is taking you with me to Albany to have an open government,” he said.
He vowed to take down the establishment that has been feeding at the public trough for too long.
“We’re going to show the establishment that the people out here are entitled to representation, real representation. They want a government doing their work – and they want it now!” the candidate said. “We’re not going to wait around on hollow promises any more. Things are going to get better. They’re only going to get better when we lower spending, when we lower taxes.”
Whether it’s income taxes, property taxes, you name it, the special charges and fees were the highest in America, he continued.
“We spent $7,211per person in New York State, the highest in America. Our budget is equal to 43 other states combined,” Paladino told the crowd. “What’s wrong with this? We’re not getting services for that. We’re not getting the time of day from our government. They’re too busy off in their own little worlds with their pay to play club filling their campaign coffers for the next election.”
Paladino told his supporters he is running for governor to “serve you for the next four years.”
His dog, Duke, has been a causality of the campaign, he noted.
A few weeks back, the New York Times put his picture in the paper twice in one week.
His wife asked him, “What’s wrong with your dog? Look at him strut around the kitchen.”
The news coverage was going to Duke’s head, Paladino quipped.
“The papers build you up and then they knock you down. Last week the New York Times reporter, she went to city hall in Buffalo, she went to the bureau of vital statistics to find out whether Duke had a license,” he said. “She got him all upset. He sequestered himself in the house, no press conferences, no interviews. And, he is a little bit concerned that she is going to try and interview that squirrel in the backyard he’s been trying to catch all summer.”
“So here we are, three days from the election. I am just like you; I got frustrated just like you did. I say it in your eyes. I’ve been all over the state. It’s the same look everywhere. People feel betrayed. They feel like their government isn’t doing it for them,” he said.
New Yorkers have been waylaid along the way to the American Dream, he said.
“Our elected officials forgot about us. They get to Albany and all they are thinking about is their careers now,” Paladino said. “You got to join the pay to play club and the friends and family club to stay there and we’ll give you some crumbs to bring home to your people. That game gets played over, and over and over again.”
His opponent and the establishment “is frightened to death,” Paladino said, “There are millions and millions of dollars at stake and they don’t want to leave it.”
“Our government is going to give the people something solid, something to hold on to,” he continued.
Paladino also took exception to his opponent’s “If you commit a crime, you’re going to jail” stance; claiming he is lenient to his cronies and members of the Democratic establishment.
He went so far as to call Andrew Cuomo “the poster child for everything that is wrong in Albany. He’s a mean-spirited, bad person.”
“We know that. And that is why next Tuesday is so important. I only ask one thing of you. Get all your friends and relatives, call them up, make a special effort, ask them to come out and vote next week,” he said. “And, if they feel it in their hearts, vote for me.”
Paladino, a successful Buffalo builder and attorney, is a candidate for governor of New York on the Republican Party, Conservative Party and Taxpayer Party lines.
He is the CEO of a $500 million business and employs 450 people in Western New York.
On Sept. 14, Paladino beat his Republican Primary opponent by a record 62 to 38 in one of the highest-turnout primaries in New York history.
For more information on where Paladino stands on the issues, visit www.PaladinoForThePeople.com