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Paladino Drops "Draft Trump" Movement



(WBEN/AP)  Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino would make a "great governor" but says he will only win if he appeals to the party's conservative base.

In an email to state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, (pictured L) Paladino said he's dropping his efforts to recruit celebrity businessman Donald Trump. But he says Astorino won't win unless he works to "cleanse" the GOP of officeholders who he says fail to adhere to conservative principles.

Paladino-  a member of the Buffalo School Board and the Republican Party's 2010 candidate against Cuomo - says Astorino convinced him that calling for Trump to enter the race was hurting the party's chances .

"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, so I am dropping the Trump initiative and I will be quiet on and support Rob's ability to raise money. " Paladino wrote in his open letter to Cox.    READ THE LETTER BELOW 

Westchester County Executive Rob AstorinoPaladino says Astorino (L) must rally conservatives by denouncing Republican leaders who he says have capitulated to Democrats.  READ MORE On Astorino Below

"You have a strategy and identity problem with the Republican basem" Paladino wrote, adding that a ready supply of conservative voters "do not understand how Rob can rail against the SAFE Act but refuses to denounce the treacherous Dean Skelos, the one person most responsible for the second amendment infringement.  "

 Here's Paladino's E-mail to State GOP Chair Ed Cox    
See also: Astorino's Official Bio- below

 
To:        Ed Cox, NY Republican Chairman 

From:   Carl P. Paladino 

CC:       Rob Astorino
             Republican and Conservative County Chairs
             Everybody else

Date:    April 15, 2014

Re:       Astorino Strategy

Ed, I'm sorry for the delayed response.  I had a terrible chest cold.  Yes, I am determined to do everything I can to see that the tyrant Andrew Cuomo is beat this year. 
 
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, so I am dropping the Trump initiative and I will be quiet on and support Rob's ability to raise money. 
 
Considering your present strategy, I cannot support the convention sponsorship.  I would be violating the trust of the people I speak for who despise the Albany cesspool and the RINO legislators who have forgotten where they came from.
 
You have a strategy and identity problem with the Republican base upstate and on Long Island.  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.
 
They do not understand how Rob can rail against the SAFE Act but refuses to denounce the treacherous Dean Skelos, the one person most responsible for the second amendment infringement.  If Skelos and his RINO pals go untouched this year, next year he will join the re-elected lame duck Cuomo in SAFE Act, round two.
 
The ranks are tired of weak and phony career driven Republican legislators and tone deaf legislative and political leadership who don’t provide them with an opposition government that advances Republican/Conservative values primarily because they are complicit feeding at the public trough with the Democrats.  The gutless and complicit Skelos promotes a defensive game, saying that Republicans can keep a Senate majority by doing as Cuomo demands, rather than leading a determined offense to show the people why they should elect Republicans.  The County chairs who showed up in Trump’s office appear ready to lead us to a cleansed party.  You don't.
 
The ranks will not engage with you because you don't take them seriously and you still want to play the Albany 2 step with their lives and futures.  You and Rob are adhering to the same frustrating losing strategy of the past, promising a different result. Many of the downstate leadership have already laid down on Rob.
 
The ranks think Rob is trying to get elected by walking between the rain drops. He needs to energize his base and the press.  He will be a great governor but first he must get elected.  He must lead from the front and throw real punches to show his commitment to cleanse the Party before he can take on the evil tyrant.  Fracking, the Moreland Commission dismissal and the SAFE Act issues are the paramount edge to winning this year, but the ranks will not get on the bus with a candidate who doesn’t have an unequivocal plan to destroy Skelos and cleanse the Republican Party of traitors.  Last year's local elections won't repeat on a statewide level because Rob's strategy does not appeal to the necessary coalition of voters to register their friends and families.
 
By refusing to engage the RINOs you are creating distrust and illustrating terrible weakness.  Appearances are that you seek to perpetuate the Albany cesspool and appease the same old irrelevant power brokers who are now greed driven lobbyists.  You are viewed upstate as a New York City establishment elitist out of touch with the needs of the people and pandering to the likes of Vinnie Reda, Al D’Amato, Mondello, Skelos and Kolb and over 6,000 lobbyists.  You articulate well on many issues but you don’t use your bully pulpit to demand the support and loyalty of our legislative delegation.  You say you can’t control them and you want party unity.  The Republican/Conservative ranks do not want to be unified with RINOs.
 
We don't want the Republican Party to continue its fall into the abyss.  I will not support or encourage others to support your losing strategy.
 
Denouncing Skelos and the RINOs, will establish Rob as a leader of Republican/Conservative principles and values for the future.  It will give the ranks a reason to rally behind him as a leader who will be different and clean up the Albany cesspool.

Astorino's Official Biography  from Westchestergov. com
Astorino was elected in November 2009 after running a successful campaign to streamline county government and bring tax relief to homeowners and businesses. His message resonated with voters across Westchester as he was elected with 58 percent of the vote.

Astorino was first elected to public office at age 21, serving as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education. During his tenure, he also served as the board’s vice president. He went on to serve for 12 years as a councilman on the Mount Pleasant Town Board, including six years as deputy supervisor. In 2003, he was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

Before taking office as County Executive, Astorino had a long career in the radio industry. He was the station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosted a weekly radio show from St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the archbishop of New York. In 2001, he helped launch ESPN Radio in New York. He became the station’s senior producer, and was executive producer of “The Michael Kay Show.
  He has also held a wide range of volunteer and civic positions. He has served on the Westchester Business Council’s Government Action Committee, the Mount Pleasant Rotary, the North Castle Land Trust, and the Hudson Valley Greenway. He also served two terms as vice chairman of the Westchester County Board of Ethics.

Astorino earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Fordham University, where he also minored in Spanish and Political Science. In 2001, he studied in Barcelona, Spain, and received a Spanish Immersion Diploma from the Enforex School of International Studies.

The county executive is a lifelong resident of Westchester. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Hawthorne and are the parents of three young children: Sean, 10; Kiley Rose, 8; and Ashlin Grace

 

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