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Paladino ends 'Draft Trump' effort


   Carl P. Paladino -- Donald J. Trump's most vocal champion -- has finally ended his quixotic effort to draft him for governor.
   And to nobody's surprise.
   Just as more and more speculation surrounds Trump's interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, Paladino said he will no longer try to convince the party to turn to the Manhattan billionaire. Paladino, the 2010 Republican nominee for governor, said he had deferred to the wishes of presumptive nominee Rob Astorino, who noted that Paladino's constant complaints were hurting his efforts.
   "Rob convinced me that to further support a draft Trump campaign while saying that Rob can’t raise money and doesn’t have the name recognition was hurting him," Paladino said in a letter to state GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox, "so I am dropping the Trump initiative and I will ... support Rob's ability to raise money."
   But Paladino took one more shot at Cox, whom he accused of dealing with a "losing strategy."
   "You have a strategy and identity problem with the Republican base upstate and on Long Island," Paladino told Cox. "They are the framework of the coalition necessary to beat Cuomo. They include Democrats, Independents, Republicans and Conservatives, (the gun owners, Independents and Reagan Democrats who are fed up with the liberal bubble).  They will not engage because they don't trust the losing strategy of you and the candidate."
   
  

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