Carl Paladino Predicts ‘God-Like’ Andrew Cuomo’s Demise

Republican Carl Paladino on Capital Tonight. (Photo: capitalregion.ynn.com)

Carl Paladino on Capital Tonight. (Photo: ynn.com)

Republican Carl Paladino, who badly lost to Gov. Andrew Cuomo back in 2010, is predicting his former electoral foe will lose his re-election bid next year.

Speaking yesterday on YNN’s Capital Tonight, Mr. Paladino, never known for mincing words, slammed the governor as “self-absorbed” and “egotistical” and declared his gun legislation would be his end.

“We have a higher law in this land. People who are God-like, like Cuomo—this deity thing—they don’t believe in rules, they don’t believe in the Constitution. Well we believe in the Constitution,” said Mr. Paladino, who thanked Mr. Cuomo “for giving us this opportunity to unify and have a common issue that will eventually result in his demise from politics.”

Mr. Paladino was in Albany yesterday to protest the SAFE Act, which put new regulations on firearms in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, and which he believes will be overturned in federal court.

Mr. Paladino, a gun owner, began telling host Liz Benjamin that he was personally not abiding by the legislation. But when asked specifically which provisions he was flouting, he was mum. He said he was indeed limiting  the number of bullets stored in his clips and declared, “I’m a person who advocates compliance with good laws.”

The former gubernatorial candidate also raised criticism, shared by many Democrats, about the secretive manner in which Mr. Cuomo has often passed legislation–giving little chance for the public or even lawmakers to consider the legislation’s language or implications. In this case of the SAFE Act, Mr. Cuomo once again signed a special order called a message of necessity, which allowed him to expedite the bill.

“What is wrong with this man?” Mr. Paladino demanded. “The people are entitled to better than that … They’re entitled to have an opportunity to have it vetted and to comment on it. And that’s the nonsense. That’s the infringement—if you want to call it –the terrible infringement upon the basic rights of the people of this country. He’s so self-absorbed, he’s so egotistical that we went out there and made this huge mistake that’s going to be the end of his career.”

But he was just as critical of the state’s Republican party, which he said is in disarray.

“We have so man RINOs [Republicans in name only] around in this party that we can’t really identify the good Republicans from the bad Republicans,” he said, vowing to use his cash to once again fund primary challenges against sitting Republicans he feels aren’t doing their jobs. “We have no opposition. And that’s why we have rampant corruption in our government.”

Despite his harsh words for Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Paladino said he wouldn’t be making another run for governor himself.

Mr. Cuomo’s office did not respond to a request for comment on Mr. Paladino’s jabs.