Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino briefly introduced Newt Gingrich today at a rally in Buffalo, starting off with his trademark line, “Are you still mad as hell? You’re fed up and you’re not going to take it anymore?”
Then Paladino, the 2010 Republican candidate who was trounced by Andrew Cuomo, endorsed Gingrich and said, “This is our guy. We’re honored today to have Newt Gingrich come to the Ellicott Square building and to Buffalo … I listened to his speech in New York last night. He was awesome. You know what? The ability to debate, his institutional knowledge, his knowledge of the workings of Washington D.C. This man should be our candidate, and he will be our candidate. I give you Newt Gingrich.”
Paladino then was about to leave the podium as Gingrich walked forward. But Paladino couldn’t resist one final word, saying how Gingrich was close to the late western New York congressman Jack Kemp.
“He knows us, he understands us,” Paladino said of Gingrich.
Gingrich says, “Thank you, Carl,” and then lauds the work of Kemp.