By Robert J. McCarthy
It didn't take long for Buffalo developer Carl P. Paladino to gain national attention following a Monday story in The Buffalo News highlighting his strongest hints yet that he may run for governor next year on the Conservative line.
In an interview slated for broadcast at 8 p.m. Monday with Neil Cavuto of Fox Business Network, Paladino reiterated that he is becoming even more serious about running on the Conservative line should the state Republican Party fail to nominate a well known, well financed and conservative enough candidate to face Democratic incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo.
"I'm threatening the establishment," he said.
Here are a few excerpts from Cavuto's interview as provided by Fox Business Network:
On whether he’s serious about running for governor of New York again:
“Well, yeah. On the Conservative line, if they don’t straighten it out - we have to get rid of the leaders of our New York State Legislature who have been selling out to the opposition…I’m threatening the establishment. I’m saying enough. Republicans in upstate New York and in Long Island can’t relate to the Republican Party in New York State.”
On why he doesn’t like what he sees out of Republicans right now:
“I see a failure. I look at a [Sen. Ted] Cruz and yeah, he was out there getting name recognition but also he was solid on the issue, he saw it coming. He saw this Obamacare debacle coming, but he went out there and he stood tall for the people and said there’s something wrong here and we should be addressing it.”
On whether he likes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) more than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:
“Absolutely. I think Christie would be moving the country in the wrong direction, sort of like a Clinton. OK, he’ll be whatever you want him to be on any given day. I like the style, not necessarily the substance. I think he’s a little narcissistic and he thinks of himself and his future although he doesn’t reveal it in that way, he tries to be homey with everybody but I think inside that he doesn’t have those convictions.”