Just like Hannibal Smith, Carl Paladino may love it when a plan comes together.
But in a speech before the Conservative Party Political Action Conference this afternoon in Colonie, the Buffalo businessman and one-time gubernatorial candidate, pities the fools in the Senate GOP conference.
“It takes three to tango in New York state — to make something happen,” he said. “Did we send out our A-Team in what could be the last year we have a seat the table? Did we have our A-team out there? I don’t think so. What happened to these people?”
In a speech that touched on criticism of the Medicaid Redesign Task Force, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push for education reform and the legalization of same-sex marriage, Paladino blamed Senate Republicans for not fighting back.
“We all worked very hard to get, to keep, a Republican majority,” Paladino said before adding that Medicaid was a means of keeping a “permanent majority” for Democrats.
Senate Republicans have been close with Cuomo on fiscal issues, backing his cap on property taxes in June and voting for his proposal to overhaul the tax code in New York that gave the wealthy slightly less of a tax cut than they would have been in line to receive.
Later, during a question and answer session with former Port Authority Executive Director George Marlin, Paladino said “there’s a complete lack of transparency” in Albany, and said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb was “brave” after Cuomo leaned on him and the conference during the tax code debate.
Paladino also called U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe’s ruling that Congressional primaries be held on June 26 protection for incumbents, given the lack of time for filing petitions.
Paladino ended up depressing himself by the end of the speech.
“I think I just convinced myself to think about moving,” he said to laughs.