There aren’t enough letters in the alphabet for Carl Paladino when it comes to grading the performance of the Legislature and Gov. David Paterson.
Paladino, the Republican gubernatorial hopeful, was responding to a Siena College poll that found most New York voters gave lawmakers a failing grade for their performance. Paterson fared slightly better.
But Paladino, a Buffalo real estate developer trying to petition his way onto the GOP primary ballot, said the F grade doesn’t go far enough.
“I grade the Legislature at Z,” Paladino said. “I give Paterson a Z plus. He did find himself finally. All of a sudden somebody must have gone and done some research for him.”
Paterson’s use of vetoes and emergency-appropriation bills to try and complete a budget partially redeemed him, Paladino said.
Paladino said today he plans to submit 28,000 signatures of registered Republican voters in order to primary the preferred party candidate, former Rep. Rick Lazio. The primary in New York will be held on Sept. 14. Paladino is also petitioning for an independent line in November; those petitions are due in August. Petition signatures to mount a party primary are due today. Gail Goode, a Democrat and New York City lawyer, submitted 45,000 signatures on Wednesday to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
He added that people are unhappy with the state because of a lack of focus on important issues and rampant corruption.
“What I’m feeling out here is the people, I’ll call it the movement people and the taxpayers of the state of New York, are swelling with distrust of this government,” he said. “The taxes, the lack of focus on jobs, the corruption, the over regulation and our government is sitting there and they’re probably sunbathing at the swimming pool.”