Carl Paladino is a known quantity around these parts - kinda, although the extent of his money making dealings with the government he professes to loathe, and some of his more extreme political positions, have yet to be fully explored.
To the folks points east of here, Paladino is an unknown and he's gotten a lot of press since announcing for governor Monday.
How is he playing?
In reading the coverage online, three themes emerge -- he's got a big mouth, deep pockets and a kid born out of wedlock. The NYC tabs are especially eating up the latter, as you might expect.
Here's a sampler:
New York Daily News: Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, 63, has been married nearly 40 years to his wife, Cathy. The two had three grown children together - one of whom died in a car crash last year.
It was only after that tragedy that Paladino confessed to his wife he had a secret love child, a now-10-year-old girl. A Buffalo-area source identified the child's mother as Sue Brady, an ex-staffer of Paladino's Ellicott Development company.
More New York Daily News: If Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino wants New Yorkers to take him seriously as a candidate for governor, he should stop acting like such a clown.
Paladino obviously aims to channel the anger that many New Yorkers legitimately feel about their bloated, corrupt state government. But all the money in the world won't buy him back his credibility if he keeps up the cartoonish bombast.
New York Post: Steve Levy welcomed Carl Paladino, his biggest rival for the Tea Party stamp of approval, to the gubernatorial race just now as the Buffalo developer is set to take the stage, calling him a "walking contradiction."
“He complains about liberal politicians, but donates tens of thousands to people like Al Gore, Dick Gephardt, Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Louise Slaughter, former Governor Eliot Spitzer and former Congressman Eric Massa.
“While he says that Albany’s policies hinder economic development, he has financially benefited from tax incentives like Empire Zones. And as he rants and raves about New York’s excessive spending, he earns about $85 million in leases from the State.
New York Times: Though he lacks the institutional support enjoyed by the two other major Republican candidates — Rick A. Lazio, the former congressman, and Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive — Mr. Paladino brings something to the race that neither of the them has: a personal fortune he plans to dip deeply into during the race.
Mr. Paladino, who estimates his net worth to be $150 million, has pledged to spend as much as $10 million of his own money in the campaign. If elected, he has vowed to serve only one term.
Albany Times Union: I asked Paladino to expand on his idea that upon taking office he could declare a state of emergency that would grant him broad powers to straighten out the state’s books. Where was that in the state Constitution?
“We found a few places that we feel identify that in the case of a disaster, and in this case we have a disaster going on here,” he said.
But where was it in the Constitution? “I’m not sure — it’s in (Article) VII; I think it’s in a subsection of VII. We’ll get that for you; now that we’ve announced we’re going to produce a set of position papers on different issues. We’re very issue-oriented.”