Thrifty Rent-a-Carl

I recently received yet another one of Carl Paladino’s pieces of spam masquerading as a political statement. This one contained a compendium of conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s alleged socialism, Marxism, Kenyanism, Islamism, etc., ad infinitum. It’s clear that Carl Paladino and his crew are full-on birthers, and when Barack Obama wins re-election in a couple of weeks, that boom you hear won’t be a miniscule Olcott earthquake, but the sound of heads exploding throughout Paladinoist WNY. About a week ago, I wrote a post that included this:

6.  If you own any of these:


Then chances are you’re white, male, and over the age of 45. You think Sean Hannity is great, you hate that Bauerle tolerates gay people, and you think that Carl Paladino is God’s gift to politics. You read as either a primary or secondary news source. You stopped going to Free Republic a couple of years ago, but you think that Michelle Malkin has the right mixture of sarcasm and gravitas. Also, you completely freaked the fuck out when the country elected a black (you insist on calling him mixed-race or half-black) President in 2008. You believe that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii, but was born in Kenya to devoted communists, and set up through a wide conspiracy – that’s taken place over 50 years – by Democrats, the SDS, Kenya, world Islam, Indonesia, the KGB, and an associated roster of communist cadres to take away the United States and replace it with a Leninist dictatorship. You self-identify as a tea party activist, but in reality you’re just a racist omniphobe who has – at least once – uttered the phrase, “keep the government out of my Medicare”. 

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The lawn sign – those are available courtesy of Paladino henchman, Rus Thompson. Well, wouldn’t you know it, the “Vote for the AMERICAN” bumper sticker – which suggests, obviously, that Mexican-American anchor baby Mitt Romney is American, while African American Hawaiian-born natural born citizen Obama is not – is being affixed to cars rented from the Thrifty and Dollar rent-a-car franchises at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The Thrifty and Dollar rent-a-car franchises at Buffalo Niagara International Airport are owned by, 

Westover Car Rental, a subsidiary of Ellicott Development, a Buffalo holding company controlled by Carl Paladino, the Tea Party-affiliated businessman who lost the 2010 gubernatorial race to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

Two visitors (no word on whether they were cultural tourists here to see our beautiful architecture, museums, and dining), told the Huffington Post,

“We noticed a bumper sticker on the car and in the dark lot we thought it was a promotion to “buy American” — but didn’t think about it until the next morning when we went to the car for additional luggage,” Wingate, who rented the car the weekend of Oct. 13-14 to attend her daughter’s wedding, told The Huffington Post in an email. “After reading it, we realized what it said/meant and were horrified.”

Wingate said she was “embarrassed” to drive the car and that she complained to an employee when she returned the car. She said the employee said the franchise owner wanted the stickers kept in place and that he had asked the staff to vote for Romney. Wingate also said she noticed other cars with the stickers at the Thrifty franchise.

And another woman Tweeted, 


You know, my family has rented cars in full-on Communist countries, and those Zastavas didn’t proselytize or propagandize to us. If I rented a car somewhere and it had a political sticker of any kind on it, my reaction would be to say, “WTF is this?” and ask that it be removed so I wouldn’t get charged for putting it there and its removal. What a disgusting and embarrassing way to treat customers and represent our region as idiotic, backwards, ignorant birthers. 

“We all thought it was offensive,” DiBiase said. “If it was a general Mitt Romney sticker, it would be upsetting, but it would not be offensive.”

DiBiase said she again raised her complaint when returning the Toyota Prius and said a staffer told her that the stickers were placed there by the owner and that the one she took off would likely be replaced. She said Thrifty’s corporate office replied to her various tweets saying they would look into the matter, but she has not heard back.

The Huffington Post called over to the Buffalo Thrifty franchise and got a runaround, and of course Carl doesn’t speak with liberals. But now you know to add the Buffalo Dollar and the Thrifty franchises in Buffalo and Rochester to your Paladino boycott list. 


  • Speaking of Vegas oddsmakers, is there someone I can get an over/under on Paladino being institutionalized?

  • Is the video that shows Obama’s birth on Paladino’s radar yet?

  • I hate Paladino but FYI, buying Toyota is supporting more American jobs than buying Ford.

  • Carl recently told a friend 4 important things about this upcoming election ~

    1.  Defeating Obama (who’s not really a US citizen) would reunite the country, and heal our cultural red state / blue state divide.

    2.  GW Bush was without a doubt the WORST president, EVER.

    3.  What we REALLY need is a single payer health plan in this country.

    4.  EVERYONE must vote for Romney…nothing less than the “fate of the nation hangs in the balance”! 

    yeah, Carl’s F’d up and bat sh*t crazy like that.

    •  So up the guy’s meds, already!

      And yet…and YET…WBBZ’s “Politics Buzz” still uses this guy as a pundit. I’d rather see Alan on that panel than that joker who looks as if he already has one foot in the grave and the other foot just wants to join him there.

    •  In the post-Citizens United world we live in people (men, I guess it’s safe to say)  like Carl will have an dramatically more significant impact on our lives.  This election, regardless of who wins, will be just the beginning of the many of the ultra-rich using their fortunes, and the corporations they control, to influence every aspect of our lives.  Today the bumper sticker says “Vote for the American,” tomorrow it could say “FRAC NY NOW” or “NUKE TEHRAN”.    And is it a stretch to think Carl (and other “job creators”) will soon be telling his employees to call their elected representatives to get them to support whatever policy he thinks will enrich him the most that month.

      As much as the Right beat Obama about the head with the unemployment rate, they love it.  It makes the working man and woman desperate for the job they have, and more likely to think twice when the boss tells them to vote this way or that. 

  • Did he put stickers on his rental cars  after 9/11 ?

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