ROCHESTER, NY - Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino continues his 10-day Erie Canal campaign tour. Friday he stopped in Rochester. According to his campaign staff, it was the same day that he was to speak at the New York State Conservative Party Convention.
Paladino decided not to attend after the party endorsed his Republican opponent Rick Lazio and cut his speaking time to 2 minutes.
Paladino turned his focus to the Tea Party Movement. Aboard the 40-foot tugboat that he is traveling the canal, the Buffalo businessman met with local Tea Party leader Russ Thompson and his counterparts from Oswego County, Montgomery County and the Mohawk Valley.
The topic of discussion was a petition drive to win a Tea Party ballot line for the November election. They were quick to point out that this is not a third party line, but merely a line to which disenchanted voters can turn.
Thompson pointed out that Tea Party members don't want to form their own political party, they want to change the approach of Republicans and Conservative parties to be more responsive to disillusioned voters.
Friday's meeting was to discuss the best name for this new ballot line. They hope to officially announce the name next week.
Meanwhile, Paladino continues his trek up the historic waterway to get his name and campaign message through the heart of the state.
His canal tour wraps up Sunday at the Buffalo waterfront, then Paladino plans to attend the State Republican Convention and says he hopes to "shake things up".