endorses Democrat In Conservative Primary for Exec.
✓ Toby Shelley 366
Oscar L. Peterson II 136
By Michelle Breidenbach | email@example.com
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on September 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM, updated September 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Carl Paladino, the wealthy Buffalo developer who threatened to take a baseball bat to Albany in 2010, is backing Democrat Toby Shelley in today’s Conservative Party primary for Onondaga County executive.
Paladino recorded a “robo call” to support Shelley over Oscar Peterson.
This race turns conventional wisdom on its head.
The Onondaga County Conservative Party designated Shelley to run on its party line in November against incumbent Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, a Republican. Shelley also has the Democratic Party line.
To undercut Shelley, Mahoney’s team helped Peterson collect enough petitions to challenge him in today’s Conservative Party primary.
The backstory with Paladino and Mahoney has to do with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Paladino was the Republican challenger to Cuomo in the 2010 race for governor.
Mahoney, a Republican, endorsed Cuomo, a Democrat.
In the call, Paladino says he’s a proud anti-establishment conservative.
He touts Shelley’s public service and asks voters to send a very clear message to Mahoney.
“Say no to her puppet candidate and vote for Toby Shelley,” he said.
The call went out to about 2,000 households, Onondaga County Conservative Party Chairman John Mulhall said.
The Conservative Party has 4,787 members in Onondaga County, less than 2 percent of county voters.
Ben Dublin, Mahoney’s campaign adviser, said Paladino is a well-known conservative and it is appropriate for him to support candidates in a Conservative primary.
See our guide to the 2015 primary for more information about the candidates.