Carl Paladino, the failed 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate, endorsed Neil Di Carlo today in his GOP primary bid against Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie.
Paladino said in a news release that Saland “has been in office for 32 years while our state has continued to slide into the abyss. He is not part of the solution. He is part of the problem. He is a RHINO Republican who, during the past year, was complicit with Cuomo and Silver in deceiving the people with a contrived $10 billion budget deficit and a tax reform bill that was in fact a tax-increase bill.”
Like Paladino, Di Carlo is a conservative Republican, and both oppose abortion and same-sex marriage. Saland was one of four Republican senators to vote in favor of same-sex marriage last year.
Paladino doesn’t mention the same-sex marriage vote specifically, but said Di Carlo shares the values of the district and is a businessman “with an unwavering commitment to conservative Republican values.”
Paladino, the Buffalo businessman who lost to Cuomo during a troubled campaign, has vowed to back candidates this year for state Legislature and overthrow the Senate GOP leadership.
Whether he’ll be successful with Di Carlo is unclear. The Dutchess County GOP said last week it plans to back Saland, but that was before Di Carlo jumped into the race. Di Carlo lives in Brewster, Putnam County, which is just outside Saland’s potential new Senate district.