Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is so sure Donald Trump will run for governor, he’s willing to put a nice Italian dinner on it.
Paladino apparently ended the conversation convinced Trump, the celebrity billionaire and host of “The Apprentice,” would indeed challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year. So convinced, in fact, that he bet host Bob Joseph an Italian dinner at the Binghamton eatery of his choice should Trump not enter the race.
If Trump does run, Joseph would have to travel to Buffalo to collect his meal.
“I’ll bet you a dinner in your favorite Italian restaurant in Binghamton,” Paladino said. “And then, if I’m right, you’re going to come up to Buffalo and then I’m going to take you out to my favorite Italian restaurant in Buffalo.”
The bet was made after Paladino unleashed on a number of prominent state officials and potential candidates during the wide-ranging interview, including Senate Deputy Republican Leader Tom Libous (“He’s as crooked as the day is long,” Paladino said), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (“a communist”) and Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos (“He sold us out”).
Paladino made clear that he would support Trump should he enter the race, and criticized Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino — another potential gubernatorial candidate — for not calling on Skelos and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County, to step down. Paladino has said he will consider a run on the Conservative Party line if a candidate doesn’t call for wholesale change within the Republican Party leadership.
(AP file photo by Mike Groll)