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'Mad-as-hell' Paladino: 'Political class' co-opts his foes

 Carl Paladino, the Buffalo real estate magnate seeking the Republican nomination for governor, said Long Islanders are “mad as hell” about New York’s costly, dysfunctional government.

“They are ready to come up here and rip the shingles off,” he said in the Capitol building. “They are fed up.”

Paladino, who announced his first bid for public office yesterday, said he is counting on support from upstate and the New York City suburbs to carry him into the Executive Mansion. He dismissed both former Rep. Rick Lazio and Suffok Executive Steve Levy, who switched from Democrat to Republican last month, has career politicians. “They have been co-opted by the political class…They can’t bring the change we need.”

(Editor's meddle: Last week Levy took off after Paladino's sidewalk act, adapted from the movie 'Network.' "You know what?" Levy said at a press conference, "that’s not policy. What are you going to do for the state? ‘I’m mad as hell’ -- who cares, you’re mad as hell? What are you going to do? What’s your plan? He has shown no understanding of what the state is about, what the problems are, or what the solutions are.”)

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