AP New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has signed a pledge to support a group of construction workers opposed to a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero.
Wearing a hard hat, Paladino made the pledge while standing with a few construction workers across the street from the World Trade Center site Wednesday. He said if elected, he would use any legal means available to him to stop the construction of the mosque a couple blocks north of ground zero. Paladino said there were “many, many alternatives” to stopping the project, including “bleeding” the developers “to death.”
DNA Paladino said that if he beats Andrew Cuomo in the race for governor next Tuesday, “We will not allow the erection of a monument to the triumph and conquest over America,” Paladino said. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way — and trust me, we’ll find it and we’ll stop it.”
He then signed the 9/11 Hard Hat Pledge, promising to do nothing to advance the Islamic center. Andy Sullivan, a construction worker who was across the street from the World Trade Center when the first plane hit on 9/11, started the pledge several months ago.
Sullivan, 44, a Queens resident, said he has collected more than 30,000 signatures from around the country, including many construction workers and suppliers who have promised not to help build Park51.
At Wednesday’s event in front of 7 World Trade Center, Paladino said his stance on the mosque was an indication of how he would govern New York if elected. “I will stand up where others won’t,” Paladino said. “I will speak my mind — not in a politically correct way, but in the way it should be spoken.”
VOTE FOR PALADINO BECAUSE CUOMO WON’T DO ANYTHING TO STOP THE MOSQUE. EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, HE IS REFUSING TO INVESTIGATE THE FINANCING FOR THE MOSQUE.