Buffalo businessman and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said Monday he’s serious about a rematch with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, but only if the GOP fails to remove the Republican leaders of the Senate and Assembly.
On Fox Business’ “Cavuto” yesterday, Paladino said he’ll run on the Conservative Party line if the GOP stumbles, a threat he first laid out in August. Paladino has been highly critical of Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County, particularly after the Senate allowed a vote on new gun-control laws in January.
“We have to get rid of the leaders of our New York State Legislature, who have been selling out to the opposition,” Paladino said.
Paladino, the head of Buffalo’s Ellicott Development, won a surprise victory in the GOP primary in 2010 against party-favorite Rick Lazio. He went on to lose big to Cuomo in the general election, though he performed well in his home region of western New York.
When asked by host Neil Cavuto if he was concerned about splitting the Republican vote if he ran on the Conservative line, Paladino said he wasn’t.
“Maybe it’s time,” Paladino said. “If they’re going to lose anyway and play all of their fantasy games going into next year, then we might as well give another party a chance to lead. That’s my focus.”
You can watch the full segment here.