Paladino Endorses Schmitt Over “Double Dipping” Calhoun

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Carl Paladino, the tough-talking 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate, endorsed Republican and Conservative Assembly candidate Colin Schmitt in his bid to unseat Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun, R-Blooming Grove, Orange County.

Paladino knocked Calhoun for getting both a salary and a pension. Records show she receives an $89,000 a year salary and a $57,186 pension.

“We need Colin Schmitt in Albany. He is the type of refreshing leader that will shake Albany to its core,” Paladino said in a statement. “Colin is the only candidate in this race that will stand up to the failed Albany leadership of both parties and work for job creation, fight for ethics reform, advocate for tax and mandate relief, protect our 2nd Amendment rights, and stand up for the defense of life in New York.”

Paladino, the Buffalo businessman who was routed by Andrew Cuomo, said, “From a double-dipping incumbent to others with records that induce a Shelly Silver smile, it is evident that we need to send Colin to Albany, not just another failed creature of Albany.”

Paladino also had some R-rated words last week for the GOP presidential field.

Paladino has vowed to play an active role in endorsing candidates for the state Legislature this year. He recently backed Neil Di Carlo in his GOP primary bid against Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie.

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