Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TEA PARTY WINNER! NY’s Carl Paladino: ‘We’re Mad as Hell.’

It’s seems to be a common theme with Tea Party candidates and their supporters: they‘re so upset with the establishment and government ineptitude that they’re doing something about it. In short, they’re unleashing a righteous anger to institute change.

Or, as one Tea Party candidate who won last night put it, “We’re mad as hell.”

That’s the rallying cry of New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, who stunned the Republican Party by beating former congressman Rick Lazio to win his party’s nomination.

How did this happen? Paladino is a fiery politician who seems to have mimicked the anger of his constituents: “They say I am too blunt. Well, I am, and I don’t apologize for it. They say I am an angry man, and that’s true. We are all angry.”

True to form, one voter in a Buffalo suburb, who didn’t describe himself as a Tea Party supporter, told the New York Times that he voted for Paladino “because he’s mad as hell and so am I.”

Paladino’s rhetoric may have roused his supporters, but it is his platform that might be drawing them to the voting booths. He has has promised to “take a baseball bat to Albany” to clean it up, cut taxes by 10 percent in six months, eliminate public pensions for legislators, and use eminent domain to prevent the construction of the Ground Zero mosque.

The result: Republicans, not just “tea partiers,” supported him in droves on Tuesday night — he beat Lazio by an almost 2-1 margin. READ MORE...

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