October 10, 2010

Carl Paladino speaking Sunday at Borough Park at the Karlsberg Synagogue on 53rd Street and later at Kohel Adas Kasho On Ross Street in Williamsburg. From the Ny Daily News:

Speaking to a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Borough Park, Paladino noted how he boycotted the Gay Pride parade Democratic foe Andrew Cuomo marched in, along with his daughters, this summer.

"There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homoxsexual," he said. "That's not how G-d created us, and that's not the example that we should be showing our children -- and certainly not in our schools."

Not suprisingly, Paladino said he would veto any legislation that seeks to legalize gay marriage in New York.

"I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option," he said. "It isn't."

Calling himself the "religious values candidate," he said "I will not support immoral legislation."

The Cuomo campaign released a statement on Paladino's obvious homophobia:

Mr. Paladino's statement displays a stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality. These comments along with other views he has espoused make it clear that he is way out of the mainstream and is unfit to represent New York.

Edit: There's been some walkback by Paladino that he didn't ever say "dysfunctional homosexuals", as he left that out of his prepared remarks. Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo tries to make sense of it all, which is probably an impossible task with the crazy campaign of Carl Paladino.

To a significant degree, this does back up Paladino's claim. It was a 'version' of the speech prepared by the rabbis. But if I'm reading this right, that's the version Paladino was reading from. Otherwise that 'winced' reference makes no sense. And that makes the whole story even weirder then version one in my book.

So Paladino was reading from a speech that was prepared for him by his hosts? Not that pols don't often solicit and accept quite a bit of input from potential supporters about what they want to hear. But this would seem to take things to a new level entirely.

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