BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Carl Paladino, the former gubernatorial candidate who has been embroiled in a series of controversies since announcing his candidacy for Congress, said Friday that if elected he would use his first day in office to speak out to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden.
Paladino, who is running against Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy in the primary for New York’s newly drawn 23rd District, criticized Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas in a press release detailing his plan to fight the illegal immigration also includes the impeachment of Mayorkas.
“My first day in Congress,” Paladino said in the press release, “I will also begin impeachment proceedings against Joe Biden over the disaster he unleashed on our southern border.”
Other parts of his border platform include passing legislation to complete the border wall, hiring more border guards and paying them more, and working with law enforcement to more aggressively pursue anyone who brought fentanyl into the country.
Langworthy has also railed against “the disastrous Biden-Pelosi agenda” in recent days, although he has not called for an impeachment trial. Both men are trying to lift New York’s new concealed carry restrictions.
Paladino’s indictment came two days after it was discovered he had a convicted sex offender on his campaign staff. He deleted his Facebook page last month after a conspiracy theory-laden post was widely criticized online. And shortly after the Facebook incident, a radio interview was uncovered in which Paladino said Adolf Hitler was “the kind of leader we need today.”
The cloud of controversy is nothing new for Paladino, who was removed from the Buffalo School Board in 2017 after being manufactured racist comments about the Obamas and disclosure of confidential information about contract negotiations. His 2010 campaign for governor was also marred by controversy, including instances of forwarding racist and pornographic emails and saying in a speech he feared children were being “brainwashed” into believing homosexuality be acceptable.
In campaign finance disclosures released on Friday, Paladino said he had significantly more cash on hand than Langworthy after lending himself $1.5 million.
Langworthy reported having $304,000 in cash — 96% of which came from individual donations — while Paladino, who has self-funded previous campaigns, has over $1.44 million to spare. Paladino’s biggest expense to date was $20,000 for senior adviser Boris Epshteyn, a former adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns.
The new NY-23 is a heavily Republican district encompassing eastern and southern Erie counties and the entire Southern Tier from Lake Erie to Elmira. The primary is Tuesday, August 23.
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