Paladino says Gingrich has a 'blistering' pre-primary schedule in New York, calls Romney a mope and a Jeff Immelt
Businessman and former G.O.P. gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, the most highly visible remaining supporter of Newt Gingrich in New York, says the former speaker's somewhat-suspended campaign plans to make an aggressive push here before the April 24 primary.
"I think he's got a blistering schedule planned," said Paladino, who mentioned events in the Buffalo area and central New York, though he declined to offer specifics. (A campaign spokesperson didn't return an email about the campaign's plans.)
Facing a shortage of funds, Gingrich drastically scaled back his campaign last month, saying he'll only compete in states where it makes strategic sense in the context of his broader goal of trying to deny Mitt Romney a delegate victory and force a brokered convention.
"If Newt can put up a decent number in New York, I think he'd have some power at the convention," Paladino said.
"Unlike these other pussies that are saying, 'Oh, we don't want to have a brokered convention, oh'—they're a bunch of pussies, OK? Those are the ones that are the establishment boys that think they're still viable with the people. They're not viable with the people anymore. Those are the control boys. All they're about is keeping the status quo and the status quo is not real anymore for the Republican rank and file nationally."
Paladino ran a highly successful primary campaign in 2010 as an insurgent candidate for governor, hammering against the Republican establishment and beating former congressman Rick Lazio by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, before getting crushed by Andrew Cuomo in the general election.
Paladino said Romney is a "mope," and that his victories were a product of the establishment he ran against.
"I believe that what I'm watching is the Republican establisment, and I'm talking about the big boys putting up a lot of money, so that they can buy the election and push Romney's buttons," he said. "Because I don't think Romney has the intellectual capacity to do it on his own, do the right thing."
On the issues, Paladino praised Gingrich and said Romney was a "chameleon" trying to satisfy the electorate.
"He's so confused on his own issues, he doesn't know if he's coming or going. But he's got the pretty face and he looks presidential, he's not a little roly-poly like Newt Gingrich."
Paladino also criticized Romney for his offshore investments, which the Washington Post reported yesterday still aren't fully known, because the campaign is utilizing an obscure exception in federal ethics laws.
"Yes, he may be doing it in the letter of the law, in hiding his money overseas, to not pay taxes to the government that he now wants to run," Paladino said. "Sounds sort of like [Jeff] Immelt at G.E., you know, they hold all that money offshore and, 'Oh, I'm an American.' He's not an American anymore. He's a fucking two-faced cock-sucker that shipped the x-ray division over to China last week."
Never one to lower expectations, Paladino said he expected Gingrich could even win New York, where Romney currently holds what look like a prohibitive lead in the polls over the rest of the remaining field.
"Romney is an establishment man, and I was the non-establishment person," he said. "So I'll stand at [Gingrich's] side as the non-establishment person in New York, and I would expect he should win that primary. Because the people are still as mad as hell."