SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WIVB) - He's only been in the race two days and Buffalo's bombasticmillionaire developer Carl Paladino is already bruising Albany egosin his bid for Governor. Paladino took his "Mad As Hell" tour toSyracuse.
The turn out in Syracuse was much smaller than the campaignkick-off a few days ago in Buffalo and that was to be expected.Some of the people in Syracuse have heard about the man who's "madas hell" and they got the chance to meet him.
Paladino said, "I'm here to listen to you today. I'm CarlPaladino. I'm a lawyer. I'm a real estate developer. I've been abusinessman in Buffalo for 40 years."
About one hundred people were on hand for the campaign stop atthe Palace Theater billed as "Ask Carl." It's clear the millionairedeveloper from Buffalo has work to do when it comes to namerecognition.
Marc Romain said, "I heard the ads on the radio that he'sinterested in running for Governor, he's not a career politician,and not happy with politics in general."
"Just I heard on the radio yesterday morning he's mad as helland not going to take it anymore, so I want to hear what he's gotto say," said Paul Henson.
Angie Dimiro said, "Everybody's mad. I have a son-in-law that'sout of work and he's got two children."
"I just saw the signs for Paladino and I come to check out, seewhat he's running for," said John Palmer.
Questions were asked on a variety of topics and Paladinoadmitted that he didn't know some things about the Syracuse area.People heard him talk about familiar themes: Albany out of sight,government out of touch, and three men in a room became one man ina room. Paladino took aim at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Paladino said, "This is the negotiation, okay? It's SheldonSilver sitting by himself in the bathroom. That's the negotiation.Can you imagine this?"
Paladino was referring to the budget process. He got some laughsand applause, but what he needs are votes. What he also needs ismedia attention. There were actually more members of the Buffalomedia at the event than there was from Syracuse.
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