Carl Paladino Will ‘Consider’ Another Run for Governor

Carl Paladino on Fox Business today. (Screengrab: Fox Business)
Carl Paladino on Fox Business today. (Screengrab: Fox Business)

If you’ve been dying for a rematch of the 2010 gubernatorial election, you may be in luck.

Carl Paladino—the conservative businessman from Buffalo who was crushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2010—left the door open to another bid for the executive mansion when asked on the Fox Business network by host Neil Cavuto.

“I just told a judge today, I’ll consider it,” Mr. Paladino, a Republican, said, not naming the judge.

Presuming Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, stands for re-election in 2018—perhaps not a totally settled question—it would put the two up against one another yet again. Back in 2010, Mr. Cuomo was the time the attorney general; Mr. Paladino, meanwhile, was a Tea Party-backed billionaire who had upset former Congressman Rick Lazio in the GOP primary. But Mr. Cuomo went on to with 63 percent to Mr. Paladino’s 33 percent.

But Mr. Paladino’s running for governor would conflict with another one of his would-be plans announced on cable news: he recently said he’d like to serve as vice president under Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. (Who also, by the way, recently “considered” running for governor of New York.)

During today’s segment, Mr. Paladino’s phone rang on air and Mr. Cavuto quipped: “That could be Trump for you right now. Tell him you’ll get back to them.”

Mr. Paladino emerged as a colorful character on the campaign trail in 2010—he carried a gun, apologized for sending a series of “off-color” emails containing sexually explicit and racist material, and threatened to “take out” a New York Post reporter.

On Fox Business today, he lambasted President Barack Obama for focusing on gun control in his Oval Office remarks on dealing with terrorism, and rejected the ideas called for in a front-page New York Times editorial

“You’re not going to take the guns away from the American people, it’s never going to happen,” Mr. Paladino said. Asked by Mr. Cavuto about the sheer number of them out there, he added: “Guns are a tool, it’s the people, OK, people want to defend themselves they want to defend their famous they want to defend their kids.”

Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media. Carl Paladino Will ‘Consider’ Another Run for Governor