Carl Paladino, the Buffalo businessman and 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate, ripped Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans today for the gun-control law passed last month.
Speaking at a gun-rights rally, Paladino knocked Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, saying, “Bring him to the woodshed.” Skelos was among a group of GOP senators who supported the gun law, which was signed into law Jan. 15.
“We want to tell Dean Skelos today: Go home, get another vocation, go get a job in the car wash. Get the hell out of here,” Paladino said.
Skelos spokesman Scott Reif criticized Paladino in a statement.
“We’re not going to comment on any statements from a failed former gubernatorial candidate looking to extend his 15 minutes of fame, especially one who has received millions of dollars in tax breaks from the same state government he so often criticizes,” Reif said, referring to tax breaks that Paladino has received on his Buffalo properties.
Paladino, the millionaire businessman, said people are paying attention to what is going on in Albany after the gun law passed. Paladino also walked the halls of the Capitol this morning and gave a not-so-friendly gesture to New York Post state editor Fred Dicker, who sparred with Paladino during the campaign.
“It’s not about shooting deer. It’s about a right that we have that we’re not going to give up,” Paladino said at the rally. “We’re standing here in the belly of the beast, and they are hearing us.”
He added, “The people are paying attention on how they do things in this town and how reckless they are with our rights.”