Love him or hate him, Carl Paladino is one colorful character. He was the guest of honor and Executive of the Year at the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives (BNSME) gala on Monday night. Carl pulled no punches.
Paladino is calling for revolution. I don’t think I have the backbone to follow him, or maybe it’s just that I don’t think it will do any good – Buffalo and Albany are just too corrupt to be influenced by whiny voters. It would take balls – lots of them – to foment any real change. Or maybe I’m just to busy trying to survive, and can’t find the time to take on New York State government.
Quick story: The Albany Legislative complex is built like a fortress. It is massive, surrounded by high walls and not pedestrian friendly. 100,000 protesters could show up (they’d have to walk – not enough nearby parking), break into the main entrance…and they would barely be noticed in the cavernous underground mall. Dispersed throughout the complex they would not raise the people density enough to be taken seriously. I’m sure the Capitol was built this way, for that reason.
Anyway, Palidino lit into every politician, by name, that has eaten from the public trough for all these years. He blasted, just blasted, the Buffalo News and Margaret Sullivan’s leadership of it. He vilified James Williams, Phil Rumore, the Buffalo Board of Education and the 800 million dollar school system they are supposed to be running. He spat venom at labor unions, Buffalo city government and especially Albany.
How angry was he?
Prior to his speech – and in order to set the tone of what was to come – a letter that he wrote to Margaret Sullivan of the Buffalo News back in January was distributed to the dinner guests. It starts like this:
Here’s my two cents on the News. It’s a monopolistic predator imposing its liberal views and superficial journalism on a community seeking to pull itself out of fifty years of decline as a result of impotent public and private sector leadership. As the only show in town during most of that time, it became lame and lazy serving up assenine [sic] slop without any guilt for failing to mobilize the community with objective, call to arms journalism. You’ve been in a box so long that you have no idea how to get out of it. Your subscriptions are falling and you are frustrated. You have no follow through and you wonder why you can’t hit the ball.
There’s lots more (after the jump)