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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The man who ran as a Republican for governor in 2010 says the man who's announced his candidacy in 2014 needs to get away from the state GOP chairman to have a shot at winning.
"(Ed) Cox is going to the same thing to Astorino as they did to me, and lay down on the candidate once the campaign gets going," says Carl Paladino (pictured R) who ran against Andrew Cuomo in 2010. "The reason for that is they enjoy feeding at the public trough."
Paladino says Astorino has only 25 percent name recognition statewide. "To get 100 percent recognition, he'd need $15 million and he's having a hard time raising because he refuses to denounce the RINOs in the Republican party," claims Paladino.
Paladino says it appears Cox wants party unity but "he doesn't get it or has another agenda. If he doesn't get it, you can't have unity among the rank and file with the treachery of the rank and file establishment."
Paladino believes this won't deter another possible Republican candidate. "You can't dissuade Donald Trump from doing what he wants to do," says Paladino. "Donald Trump is a very strong person, and I know his feelings about the Republican establishment and won't play by their rules. He's gonna play by their own rules." Paladino adds Trump will decide on his own schedule whether he'll run.
Paladino has also mentioned running on the Conservative line if Republicans don't have a viable candidate. He says he'll "make the right decision at the right time."
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Rob Astorino has posted the six minute video announcement of his candidacy for Governor of New York. You can see the complete video here:
(WBEN/AP) Rob Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, announced Wednesday in a video that the idea that things are great in New York is a "fairy tale."
State Republicans hold their nominating convention in May. Celebrity businessman Donald Trump has said he would consider a run if the party unifies behind him.
Cuomo, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, is far ahead in polls, name recognition and fundraising. But Astorino argues New York is moving in the wrong direction and Cuomo is beatable.
The 46-year-old Astorino was easily elected in November to his second term as the head of government in suburban Westchester.
Twice as many Democrats live in New York than Republicans.
Speaking to WBEN last month, Astorino said he is confident he will have the votes at the GOP Convention to get on the ballot. Supporters of d Trump - who has talked of a candidacy - say the he has approx. 70 percent of the delegates. If Trump or any other candidate receives 76 percent of the vote, they could eliminate Astorino or others from running.
Cuomo, who lives in Westchester, has not publicly addressed an Astorino candidacy. But he has mentioned Westchester's heavy taxes. Astorino has kept county property taxes flat throughout his time in office.
Astorino lives in Mount Pleasant.