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More Fallout from Paladino’s Anti-Gay Remarks

Jim Burroway

October 14th, 2010

Carl PaladinoFallout over Tea Party-backed Republican candidate for New York Governor Carl P. Paladino’s anti-gay remarks continue to roil the campaign. Last weekend, Paladino said that gay people were “perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives,” by “brainwash[ing them] into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option.” After trying to excuse his remark — and following pointed distancing from fellow Republicans — he finally issued a letter of apology.

But that doesn’t seem to be doing much the close the issue. Yesterday, Paladino’s nephew, who Paladino pointed to as proof that he’s not anti-gay, told reporters that he was “very offended” by his uncle’s remarks and campaign staff say that he hasn’t shown up for work since last weekend’s remarks became public.

Meanwhile, Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who reportedly wrote the offending speech that Paladino delivered last weekend, blamed Paladino’s nephew for the apology. Levin is also withdrawing his support for Paladino:

“Mazel tov. We’ll have a coming out party. But when he came to me three days ago, he didn’t know that? I find this to be condescending,” said Levin, who is now withdrawing his support for Paladino.

The latest uproar has heightened scrutiny into Paladino’s dealings with the gay community. Yesterday, we learned that Paladino, who condemned Gay Pride parades because men wear “little Speedos and they grind against each other,” was the landlord for two gay nightclubs in Buffalo. This morning, there are allegations that Paladino’s son, William Paladino, ran Cobalt, one of the two gay bars. When the younger Paladino decided to convert the club into a straight bar, he fired every single gay bartender in the joint while retaining the three straight bartenders:

Ex-Cobalt bartender Kevin Van Wagner told The News the management unceremoniously “got rid of” the gay workers. “We were watched,” he remembered. “You could tell there was a vibe that they got rid of us and didn’t want us back.”

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DN
October 14th, 2010 | LINK

Until we live in a world where someone who sends racist and horsef***ing e-mails is considered a non-viable candidate, I just can’t call the political world sane.

KZ
October 14th, 2010 | LINK

“perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives,”

Is he running for New York governor or campaigning to be Uganda’s next president? Sheesh!

cooner
October 14th, 2010 | LINK

So much for the old “I’m not anti-gay, I have a gay friend/relative” defense …

Amicus
October 14th, 2010 | LINK

remember this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYUxZJhJn6I

Edwin
October 14th, 2010 | LINK

maybe the nephew is going to vote democrat now. paladino and o’donnell ought to get together and join the idiots club. They are both lost causes.
They don’t deserve to be running for anything as homophobic as they are. We have enough of those idiots in the white house now.

customartist
October 15th, 2010 | LINK

I wonder if Matt Lauer has gotten wind of the firing of the gay bartenders?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339

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