…at least in the blowhard department, it appears so.

Albany County GOP Chairman Don Clarey, who proved during the Occupy Albany uproar in Academy Park that he’s no shrinking violet, leaped to the defense of Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous, who, along with two of his GOP colleagues – Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Sen. George Maziarz – has drawn the Buffalo businessman’s ire.

Earlier today, Paladino blasted out a missive to his sizable email chain in which he called on Libous to ask the “grassroots/Tea Party taxpayers” for forgiveness for “past transgressions” and pledge to advocate for and defend Conservative/Republican interests. (There’s a lot more where this came from, but in the interest of keeping things succinct, I’m only linking to Paladino’s latest attack on Libous).

Clarey did not take kindly to this latest attack, and fired off a response to Paladino, which appears below. An except:

“I have read your rantings and ravings over the past several months and frankly they show how ill-informed you are about civic affairs and politics.”

“Let us do a little math: The Governor is a Democrat (in part because of you). The Democrats control 100 of 150 seats in the Assembly (many from Buffalo). The Republicans, until the recent Special election in Brooklyn, controlled that body by one seat. Is that a formula for enacting the laws you mentioned in your letter?”

“Unlike you, I live in the real world. While I would like the Triborough Amendment and the other measures you mentioned repealed, it can’t happen under the current political make up. Your efforts to undermine Senator Skelos and his members will only make it worse. Nice job. By the way, I know you were trying to get a primary opponent against George Amedore here in Albany. It was fun to chase you (sic) ass out of Albany County on that one.”

Clarey is referring to Paladino’s effort to remake the Senate GOP by supporting conservative primary candidates against more moderate incumbents. His ultimate goal is to oust Skelos, whom he dislikes for a host of reasons – not the least of which is the majority leader’s eagernesss to work with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who defeated Paladino in the 2010 general election.

Clarey also gives voice to a frustration shared by a number of Republicans – the belief that Paladino’s controversial candidacy cost the party its best hope of a statewide victory through newcomer Harry Wilson’s challenge to Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli two years ago.

The chairman says he’s “embarrassed that I voted for you in the primary and general election in 2010. ” He also accuses Paladino of being a double agent for the Democrats, which strains credulity.  It almost goes without saying that Clarey wants off Paladino’s email list. He gets props in my book for going toe to toe with the man from Buffalo, but speaking from experience, I fear the verbal battle has only just begun.

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