BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - He's been a voice for change here in the queen city. Now CarlPaladino is looking to take his tough talk style to Albany.
Carl Paladino is known for his development projects and fight toremove the Ogden and Breckenridge tolls. Now he has his sights onpossibly shaking things up in Albany.
Carl Paladino tells News 4 he hasn't been impressed by what'sbeen happening with New York State government over the past twodecades.
"I'll go in there and turn the whole place upside down becauseI'm not going to play by their rules," said Paladino.
The Buffalo developer and attorney is referring to rules ofmajor party politics. Now he's seriously considering running forgovernor with statewide backing from the "Tea Party" governmentreformists. If he runs and wins, he says it's one term and out.
Paladino said, "I'm certainly willing to try because I haveno interest in being a politician."
Paladino is no stranger to challenging politicians locally orstatewide. However, if he runs for governor, he would be a noviceto run for political office. And he says he's not daunted by the$50 to 60 million political experts say is need to mount a crediblecampaign.
"You get the people with you. Then you don't have to pay allthat silly money to buy advertising, and buy this, consultants forthis, consultants for that. Polls for this, polls for that. That'sall the nonsense they have created," explained Paladino.
Paladino says when it comes to getting things done in Albany, hedoesn't think announced candidates, Governor David Paterson,Republican Rick Lazio, or expected candidate, NY Attorney GeneralAndrew Cuomo can get the job done.
Paladino said, "You need a wartime type of leader. You need towreck them. You need somebody to go in there and turn them upsidedown."
On the streets of the queen city, people are giving their takeon Paladino's possible political plans.
Jim Duggan said, "He seems to be an independent thinker whoalways expresses thoughtful and intelligent views."
"Sometimes business people when they get into politics, theyhave other interests in mind, said Gerald Washington.
Jose Morales commented, "Maybe he's too decent for Albany rightnow. You know the good guys don't usually win anyway."
Will Carl run? News 4 asked him that question. He tells us he'slearning as he goes and expects to make a decision at some point inthe future.
We'll let you know what he decides.
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