If elected governor, WNY’s Carl Paladino vows in a new radio ad that he’d use the eminent domain laws to stop the construction of a controversial Islamic center/mosque near Ground Zero.
Paladino says instead of a mosque, the site should be a war memorial.
“I’ve been driving land-use issues for 40 years, and I understand the full powers of the governor. If the ACLU or anyone else wants to challenge me in court, I’m ready for the fight,” he said in a campaign statement.“Andrew Cuomo supports the mosque. He says it is about religious freedom and he says the mosque construction should proceed. I say it is disrespectful to the thousands who died on 9-11 and their families, insulting to the thousands of troops who’ve been killed or injured in the ensuing wars and an affront to American people. And it must be stopped.”
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It’s notable from a political standpoint that Paladino is going after Cuomo here, leaving out that other Republican guy who wants to be governor, Rick Lazio. Cuomo and Lazio have tangled on the topic, with Lazio doing most of the tangling.
Lazio spokesman Barney Keller replied to my inquiry about Paladino: “Since Rick Lazio called on Andrew Cuomo to do his job several weeks ago and look into the funding stream of the Cordoba Mosque voices of opposition have emerged from coast to coast.”