Carl Paladino Fires Up Charter Review Meet, Dubs Levy 'Pretty Boy'
His toughest fire was aimed at Albany, which left the crowd of 100 scattered around the hall at the CUNY Grad Center on East 34th Street a little puzzled, since the commission deals only with city issues. He explained that policy decisions in New York affect the rest of the state. Term limits, he said, must be imposed on all city and state officials. "And I suggest 8 years, not 12. After 12 years, our elected officials become too comfortable and too entrenched. They build political machines and massive special interest war chests. They stop listening to the people... they become corrupt."
Outside the hearing, he kept up the heat, firing away at Steve Levy, his rival for the Republican party nomination: "Steve's there because he has ambition; I'm there on the issues. I want change for the people. Steve wants to go over there and deal with Sheldon Silver and deal with all the nonsense. He thinks that's a pretty boy thing to do. I don't. Steve Levy, as far as I'm concerned, is a nonentity."
Paladino was there with his daughter, Danielle, and campaign manager Michael Caputo, whose barrage of e-mail blasts about the original Troopergate scandal helped unsettle the last elected governor, Eliot Spitzer. Also in the Paladino entourage was the great Republican consultant Roger Stone, who did his best, as well, to unnerve Spitzer.
"I'm for Kristin Davis," said Stone, referring to the self-declared Manhattan Madam, who says she hooked up Spitzer and Alex Rodriguez, and who is also running for governor as an independent. "I'm just here with my friend, Michael Caputo," added Stone as he followed Paladino out the door.