Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino isn’t about to make it easy for Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino to seek the GOP nomination for governor.
After Astorino visited Buffalo on Wednesday, in part to assuage Paladino’s concerns about him, Paladino told the Buffalo News yesterday that his support of Astorino would be contingent about him calling for Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos to resign.
If not, Paladino again threatened to seek the Conservative Party nomination for governor—a move that would destroy the GOP’s chances against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and threaten the Republicans’ second line on the ballot.
Paladino was the Republican and Conservative parties candidate for governor against Cuomo in 2010, and he was easily beaten.
“He should do it,” Paladino told the paper of Astorino. “He should demand the resignation of Skelos first for his treachery in allowing the SAFE Act to go to the floor.”
Astorino is seeking to build support among Republicans and Conservatives for a potential run against Cuomo.
He wooed Buffalo-area Republicans leaders on Wednesday, county GOP chairman Nick Langworthy said. And Langworthy said that he was hopeful Paladino and Astorino could strike an accord.
But Paladino told the Buffalo News he’s not ready to acquiesce.
“If he and Cox will not buy into that program,” he said of Astorino, “they should stop wasting our time.”