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Paladino praises Astorino's reaction to barbs aimed at Skelos

   By Robert J. McCarthy
  
   It didn't take long for 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl P. Paladino to express his enthusiasm for this year's GOP candidate on Wednesday, especially when Rob Astorino aimed criticism at Albany leadership.
   Paladino called it a "watershed" moment Wednesday when word surfaced that Astorino aide William F.B. O'Reilly had referred to Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos as the "prison punk" of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. That followed a press release in which Skelos lauded state progress in improving its credit rating.
   O'Reilly later said Albany leadership was to blame for much of the state's problems.
   In Buffalo on Wednesday, Astorino said he disagreed with O'Reilly's wording but not his sentiment.
   “I don’t think Bill’s comments were appropriate and I told him so,” he said, quickly adding the state has to change its way of doing business or the population exodus from Western New York will continue.
   “Inside the granite walls of the Capitol, sometimes they forget we have people who are struggling all over,” he added. “I don’t agree with the analogy, but most New Yorkers feel our state is going in the wrong direction."
   Paladino, originally lukewarm over Astorino because the county executive failed to echo his criticism of Skelos and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb, proved more than on board with the new candidate on Wednesday.
   “I think this is the beginning of the cleansing of the Republican Party,” he said. “[Astorino] could not do anything better in getting his name out there in the state than taking on these entrenched Albany parasites. I fully support him.”
  

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