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Some quotes worth pondering

Some quotable quotes summing up the political scene on this Sunday in May:

*"He's toast." -- 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino on the candidacy of Republican State Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo. Paladino is following through on his promise to weed out Republican senators in Albany he considers devotees of Majority Leader Dean Skelos. As a result, he is supporting Republican primary candidates to run for the seats now held by Grisanti, Roy McDonald of Saratoga, Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie and Jim Alesi of Rochester -- all of whom supported gay marriage last year.

Still, Paladino says he doesn't care about the issue. He does care about those who broke promises, he says, and for supporting the "millionaire's tax" he likens to a tax hike.

Paladino said he is none too thrilled over Republican Sen. George Maziarz of Newfane, either. With some reports indicating Johnny Destino, a former Republican candidate for mayor, is considering a primary challenge to Maziarz, Paladino says he's ready to support anyone against Maziarz.

"George has had his day," he said. "Whether it's Destino or somebody else, we're going to beat him."

*"It's a great pleasure for me to heartily recommend to my colleagues this positive appointment by the governor." -- Maziarz on the confirmation of Howard Zemsky to the chairmanship of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority after a three-year delay in the Senate.

*"NFTA has been in financial trouble during the three years my opponent blocked appointment of a new chair, with the appearance of protecting a political ally." -- Amy Hope Witryol, Maziarz's Democratic opponent.

*"He won't officially announce anything for a while so we can keep him on the air as long as possible." -- GOP source discussing the expected county comptroller candidacy of Stefan Mychajliw, a former Channel 2 reporter who now offers political commentary on the station's noontime show called "2 Sides."

*"I have been working to put together the petition plan so that I can qualify for the ballot. I have also begun reaching out to minor parties for endorsement consideration as well." -- Businessman George Hasiotis on his plans to challenge appointed County Comptroller David Shenk for the Democratic nomination.

*"People are not buying the happy talk peddled by Barack Obama and Sen. Gillibrand." -- Wendy Long, one of three Republicans vying to challenge Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand this fall for the U.S. Senate, who was in town for the Amherst Republican Dinner on Wednesday. Long has gained widespread upstate support, and does not mind campaigning against Obama -- especially upstate.

*"I fully support President Obama. I will fight hard for his re-election. I will be judged on my own merits." -- Sen. Gillibrand at D'Youville College in Buffalo on Monday. She has no difficulty latching onto the Democratic president, especially in Democratic Erie County.

*"One of the reasons is that I don't want to run for public office right now. For now at least, it's a step my wife and I have got to take." -- Former Assemblyman Jack Quinn III on his upcoming move to Saratoga Springs for his job with Allegran, a biotech company. For the time being, Quinn's eastward relocation removes him from constant speculation on running for local office.

*"I can't imagine taking that 'my way or the highway' attitude to Washington. I don't see how you survive." -- Republican Rep. Tom Reed of Corning, in Buffalo on Tuesday and discussing tea partyer Richard Mourdoch's GOP primary victory over longtime Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana.