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Edwards campaigning for Paladino

September 25, 2010
OBSERVER Staff Report

Apparently, Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards has made a decision to run with GOP nominee Carl Paladino for governor.

On Friday, Edwards was quoted in a press release issued by Paladino's campaign. In it, he takes a shot at Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for governor.

The release is as follows:

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Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, (Friday) called Democrat Governor candidate Andrew Cuomo "desperate and misleading" for attacking Carl Paladino's business in his first general election television advertisement.

"Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat Party are smearing Carl Paladino's successful career and record as a businessman in an attempt to distract the voters," Edwards said. "Their new ad attacking Carl's leases with state government fails to mention that Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and his predecessors signed off on all of Carl's leases. So did the Democrat Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his predecessors."

Edwards pointed out that former Office of General Services Commissioner John Egan recently lauded Paladino's work with the state - urban development that fulfills state policies to revitalize inner cities. "He runs a very good building - or buildings, I should say," Egan said to the Albany Times Union.

"I would say he has been a good landlord. His rates are below average. I don't know of any major problems. If there had been problems, I would have heard about it. So as a businessman he obviously has done well," Egan said.

"Carl's companies won every state lease he holds as the lowest bidder in an open bidding process without political favoritism in a completely transparent transaction. Carl Paladino participated in public programs open to any New Yorker, and got no political favors," Edwards said. "The allegation that Carl engaged in pay-to-play is desperate and misleading and Andrew knows it."

"Here's the bad news for Andrew Cuomo: his coronation has been canceled," Edwards said.

In an unexpected warning of Cuomo's smear campaign tactics, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (Thursday) reminded voters that Andrew Cuomo is "the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there."

Edwards, who was Rick Lazio's runningmate for lieutenant governor, defeated Paladino's runningmate Thomas Ognibene. As it currently stands, Edwards name will be listed twice on the November ballot - once with Paladino under the Republican line and once with Lazio under the Conservative line. Last Saturday, Edwards said he was planning on running for lieutenant governor, but he hadn't settled on if he would help Paladino or Lazio's campaign.

Lazio, who is the endorsed conservative candidate, has been under pressure to quit the race and endorse Paladino.

The release also states that Edwards and Paladino made a public appearance Thursday night in Cattaraugus County at the Old Library Restaurant in Olean.



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