Carl Paladino, who somehow became the GOP candidate for governor in 2010, is now running for Western New York’s seat in Congress. He’s the absolute last person Republicans there (or, heck, anywhere) need to represent them.
Just last week, for instance, Paladino was hopelessly trying to defend crude remarks he made in 2016 about blacks. The week before, he was drawing fire for his November 2021 praise of Nazi madman Adolf Hitler as “the kind of leader we need today.”
The Buffalo wingnut is infamous for his long history of idiotic racist, sexist and homophobic comments.
- In 2018, he reportedly urged Republican leaders not to nominate a “black guy” (Keith Wofford) for state comptroller.
- In 2016, he hoped then-President Barack Obama would die of Mad Cow Disease and disparaged former First Lady Michelle Obama as a man who should return to Africa to live “in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”
- In 2015, he lamented the presence of “damn Asians” and other “foreigners” at the University at Buffalo and other state college campuses.
- Paladino recently posted an article on his Facebook page linking the horrific mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas to a conspiracy theory claiming Democrats want to revoke the 2nd Amendment and confiscate guns.
Indeed, he’s so radioactive that even Ellicott Development, the firm he founded in 1971, has erased him from the company’s website.
Meanwhile, the GOP is finally making significant headway with black, Hispanic and Asian voters here and across the country. Republicans in New York and Washington don’t need Paladino’s bilge muddying the political waters. When he ran for governor in 2010, Andrew Cuomo beat him by 30 points.
Paladino faces GOP state chairman Nick Langworthy in the Republican primary for the 23rd congressional district. Whatever their view of Langworthy, Republicans should make sure that Paladino never even gets close to becoming their nominee.