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Paladino to Petition for Place on Governor Ballot



    Paladino to Petition for Place on Governor Ballot
    Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino announces his candidacy for New York State Governor at a rally in Buffalo, N.Y. on Monday, April 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

    Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has announced he will petition for a place on the 2010 ballot. 

    The announcement, made this morning, comes a day after the Republican candidate for governor, Rick Lazio, was chosen at the Republican Convention.  Lazio received 59 percent of the vote in the first ballot.

    Paladino, a Buffalo real estate tycoon, denounced both Lazio and Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo as "mainstream politicians" in his announcement this morning.

    He will spend approximately half a million dollars of his own money on the campaign to raise enough signatures to win a place on the ballot. Paladino hopes to win a place as a Republican, but if this is unsuccessful he will consider running as a third-party candidate, perhaps affiliated with the "Tea Party."

    Paladino has pledged $10 million of his own money towards his campaign. By contrast, Lazio's campaign office had $647,000 last January, according to the Post.

    “I thought the Republican process would be fair and open. It wasn’t. It was a charade from the start,” Paladino said of the convention at a news conference.

    Paladino's campaign office was unavailable for comment today.