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NY GOP Gubernatorial Candidate: Gays “Seek To Target Our Children And Destroy Their Lives”

Jim Burroway

October 10th, 2010

The race for New York’s governorship took a particularly nasty turn when the Tea Party-backed Republican candidate Carl P. Paladino spoke to Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn, saying that gays (or “perverts,” as he referred to them) “seek to target our children and destroy their lives.”

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We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives. I didn’t march in the gay parade this year, the Gay Pride parade this year. My opponent did. And that’s not the example we should be showing our children, and certainly not in our schools.

And don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie. My approach is live and let live. I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful in getting married and raising a family. And I don’t want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn’t.

Carl PaladinoAccording to the New York Times, Paladino’s prepared remarks also included the sentence, “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual,” but he omitted that line during his talk.

Following those remarks, Paladino’s campaign manager had the audacity to deny that Paldino is anti-gay, saying that Paladino employed a gay man on his campaign staff.

No, he’s not anti-gay. He just thinks that gays are a bunch of perverts who are targeting children to destroy their lives.

Paladino’s vicious remarks came on the heels of several teen suicides, including that of Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge last week. It also accompanies fresh reports of horrific anti-gay attacks by nine gang members against three gay individuals in the Bronx last week.

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Everett
October 10th, 2010 | LINK

You mean to tell me that strange man, who is not offended by beastiality images ending up in his email inbox, has the nerve to call gay folks perverts????? God I hope he loses that election….

justsearching
October 10th, 2010 | LINK

So it looks like some Tea Party candidates are making their true colors known.

Back on September 20th “A statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters finds Cuomo with 54% support versus 38% for Paladino, the winner of last Tuesday’s state GOP Primary. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.” I hope that Paladino’s numbers will drop after such over-the-top rhetoric.

Thomas
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

Just typical Republican anti gay hate speech…

Ryan
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

GO Proud will now be offering him about twenty grand to come to their convention and give that speech to their faces. They’ll probably even give him a trophy.

grantdale
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

So confusing.

It’s difficult to know if this is the BTB story on the New York’s governorship and where it could lead, or the BTB story on the Bronx “Wolf Pack” Attackers and their background.

justsearching
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

@Everett- More important is what he voluntarily forwarded on to others.

Here’s a rather graphic record of some of the e-mails he sent on. It’s somewhat censored. http://wnymedia.net/paladino/

This man has no right to be calling anyone else a perv.

Rob San Diego
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

Don’t let the tea bag movement fool you into thinking that they are only worried about fiscal issues.

I hope this so called “gay” person has quit his campaign.

Or maybe this so called “gay” person is really straight, and they just bully and tease him and call him gay cause he’s not as macho as they are.

Regan DuCasse
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

I really, REALLY hate it when someone like this spews this nastiness…then says they have a gay relative.

He has a gay nephew, who is a teenager.
Right.

He’d like to restrict his nephew’s options for freedom and protection and support laws that do it.
You just told your nephew and the world what you think of him.
Way to go uncle Carl, you adulterous piece of dirt.

Yes, he absolutely cannot win. Amazing how people like him, with so much betrayal of those closest to him, would dare point a finger at the entire of gay people as wrongful and deserving of not influencing children.
As opposed to people who have done what HE has doing it?

Timothy Kincaid
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

No, Thomas that is not “just typical Republican anti gay hate speech.” New York Republicans tend not to be so hateful.

marcus
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

Frankly, the man is correct that there is no reason to be proud of being a dysfunctional homosexual. I happen to be a proud, FUNCTIONAL homosexual, and I don’t think that Paladino’s speechifying helps pull folks from the “dysfunctional” column to the “functional” one. Let’s be about the business of helping homosexuals be out, proud, and functional!

Ryan
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

The dissembling is off the charts with this guy. He’s now saying gay people aren’t equal to straights because of the horrible prejudices they face, and that’s why he wants to protect kids from that “choice”. The fact that he’s perpetuating that prejudice doesn’t seem to enter his mind. It’s like the guy who kills his parents and lend asks the judge for leniency because he’s an orphan.

Soren456
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

When you purport to know what you’re talking about, as a public figure, you have an obligation actually to know it.

There’s nothing I can say that will snap Paladino into shape; two zillion commentators have tried it for decades.

But if he wants a course of study, especially about dysfunction and homosexuality, I’d suggest he start with Evelyn Hooker in 1957, and move forward.

Carl! They have COLOR MOVIES now!

Neil
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

Mr Paladino employs someone whom he believes to be dysfunctional and a pervert. He sounds very open minded.

David
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

His campaign employs a gay man? Hopefully not anymore, if that gay man has even a small sliver of dignity.

Seraphiel
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

These teabagger candidates are a gift that keeps on giving. The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party dredges up the most virulent, poisonous pustules they can find and shoves them onto the ticket. In doing so, there’s a good chance they’ve ended up giving the Democrats an easy win. Delaware, too. Possibly even Alaska(!) depending on how Murkowski’s write-in campaign goes.

At least, I hope there are enough good people left in New York to vote down this sort of especially toxic twit. Otherwise all the rational people left in government will have their time wasted in trying to keep this goofball from destroying the state.

Soren456
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

@Seraphiel:

These people are on the ballot because, in this election cycle, their supporters are the ones who have done the grunt work and turned out to vote.

Grotesque as they are, in no sense have they handed Democrats “an easy win.” No serious poll, at this date, suggests so.

It’s voter turnout that matters. Recall that in Delaware, just a fraction of voters turned out, and they handed O’Donnell a slim victory.

Only if progressives and Democrats bother to go vote (a good question) will these people be defeated, because THEIR supporters surely will turn out.

Paladino and O’Donnell are long shots, but Angle, Rubio, Miller and a myriad others are certainly not; polling shows them ahead or in dead heats. Some of these people – maybe many of them – are going to be elected.

It is seriously grim.

cowboy
October 11th, 2010 | LINK

[Boyd K.] Packer’s talk was laden with terms such as “evil” and “wickedness” and “perversion” and as Packer declared that civil equality for gay couples would lead to the end of civilization, his entire sermon is foul and objectionable. [speaking of Mormon leader]

“…gays (or “perverts,” as he referred to them) “seek to target our children and destroy their lives.” [speaking of Carl P. Paladino]

So…we have a Catholic using the same terms a Mormon used a week before and with cheers from a crowd of Jews.

Do they all have a red phones connected to each other so that they can compare notes and recite the same rhetoric?

Ben in Oakland
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

Sewraphiel– I wish you were right, but the spinelessness of the democratic party has infected their campaigns.

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