Republican Chairman Ed Cox was just interrupted–only a few minutes into his opening remarks–at the Republican State Convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan this morning.
Nick Langworthy–the Erie County Republican chairman and a supporter of Tea Party insurgent Carl Paladino–requested that the candidates be allowed to speak immediately. The motion to suspend the normal rules would require a two-thirds majority, but a voice vote for the motion didn’t carry.
So, after the nominations of Rick Lazio and Myers Mermel by their supporters, Carl Paladino took the stage to nominate himself.
“I’m up here because our party leaders have blocked candidates from speaking for the vote,” said Mr. Paladino, whose glasses sat at the end of the nose. “Making you vote before you even hear from the candidate, that’s dysfunctional, that’s ridiculous, and that’s flat out wrong.”
Mr. Paladino focused most of his nomination on Andrew Cuomo. “He’s the ultimate Albany insider,” Mr. Paladino said. “All Andrew offers is the status Cuomo.”
He promised to “clean out Albany with a baseball bat.”
And, perhaps referencing an earlier scandal, involving some racist and racy emails he forwarded to friends, Mr. Paladino said: “I’m not politically correct and I don’t want to be. I’m human, I’ve made mistakes in my life. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t.”