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A Calm Paladino on The Today Show Attempts to Clear the Air Regarding Homosexual Remarks

October 12, 2010

The firestorm that broke out this weekend over Carl Paladino’s remarks about gays has gone national. Paladino, for his part, attempted to correct the record about it with Matt Lauer on The Today Show:

What should we think?

Of course, the Cuomo campaign was all over this. NBC New York had this story:

Democrat Andrew Cuomo’s campaign for the governor of New York says his opponent, GOP candidate Carl Paladino, showed “a stunning homophobia” in his remarks yesterday where he said he doesn’t want children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality” is acceptable.

The remarks were made to Orthodox Jewish leaders in New York City and follow a string of violent, hate-filled attacks on homosexuals in the tri-state area.

Speaking in Williamsburg, Paladino said “I didn’t march in the ‘Gay Pride’ parade this year. My opponent did. … That’s not the example that we should be showing our children – and certainly not in our schools.”

Cuomo’s campaign released a statement after word of the remarks filtered out:

“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,” his campaign said.

Both Cuomo and Paladino will march in today’s Columbus Day parade in Manhattan.

During his trip through Brooklyn Sunday, Paladino also promised to veto a gay marriage bill — which narrowly failed in Albany this year — should it come across his desk if he were elected governor.

He skipped one line from his prepared text in his speech at the synagogue: “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.”

On the Today show Monday morning, Paladino sought to temper his comments, but then asked anchor Matt Lauer if he had ever been to a gay pride parade.

“They wear Speedos and grind against each other,” he said, in explaining why he thought the scenario is unacceptable for children.

In a statement issued hours earlier, Paladino said he did not agree with the passage. He said the remarks were suggested by his “hosts at the synagogue.” His campaign manager, Michael Caputo, told The New York Post that the congregation distributed the draft in Paladino’s name without clearing it with the campaign. A message was left at the synagogue early Monday.

“In my speech today to Orthodox Jewish leaders in New York City, I noted my opposition to gay marriage, inspired by my Catholic beliefs,” Paladino said in the statement. “I also oppose discrimination of any form.”

Paladino was evasive on the Today Show when asked by Matt Lauer why he would allow text he didn’t agree with to enter his speech.

Asked whether his comments were appropriate given the attack, Paladino said he does not support violence against gays.

“Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie,” he said. “My approach is live and let live.”

On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” he elaborated, saying, “I only have one problem with homosexuality, and that’s their desire to be married, and beyond that I don’t have a problem whatsoever.”

Asked Monday on ABC whether his comments could be seen as insensitive in light of the recent violence, Paladino said no, adding that he believed his “comments were directed at the confusion that people have had over this issue.”

“I wanted to clearly distinguish that my feelings about homosexuality were no different than those of the Catholic Church. I’m a Catholic. … I wanted to make it clear what my position was, and I think I clearly defined it,” he added.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, asked to comment on Paladino’s earlier remarks, replied, “It’s not what America stands for, and it’s not what New York stands for, and I won’t dignify it with anything else.”

With just three weeks before the mid-term election a new poll found Cuomo an 18-point edge over Paladino, who has been having to defend his judgment and temperament during recent interviews.

The Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters shows, however, that among New Yorkers who describe themselves as “angry” voters, most prefer Paladino.

“Paladino’s ‘angry man’ style gets a lot of attention, but he comes up negative on the personality test,” said poll Director Maurice Carroll.  “Less than a third of New Yorkers think he’s right for the governor’s job. Two-thirds say Cuomo is ‘Mr. Personality.'”

The poll gives Cuomo a 55 percent to 37 percent lead.

So what are your views?

Share your comments with us below. We will be offering more commentary on the Paladino campaign very soon.

  1. Misunderstood permalink
    October 12, 2010 2:45 am

    Carl’s just misunderstood in my opinion. He means well.

  2. No Name Republicans permalink
    October 12, 2010 7:13 am

    I watched a show where Carl called Andy out for being a bad father and said Andy needs to see a shrink for taking his daughters to a gay pride parade.

    Fox (usually supporting Republicans) asked Carl a simple question, what about the fact that you had a child out of wedlock?

    Carl was not able to answer the question. Although he could have simply said that it is worse to be a bad father than a bad husband.

    Someone give Carl some lessons in talking to the media.

  3. Gerry permalink
    October 12, 2010 9:48 am

    Carl Paladino cannot beat Cuomo the way he’s going. Everyone agrees on that.

  4. October 12, 2010 10:07 am

    Michael Grimm suppots Carl Paladino siomply because he is a Republican while not knowing squat about him and admits it.

  5. Paladino is a Nut permalink
    October 12, 2010 6:31 pm

    Carl Paladino is a nut. Plain and simple. He’s gonna lose.

  6. LOST permalink
    October 12, 2010 10:57 pm

    Paladino lost a LOT of support for HOW he handled this…

  7. True enough! But wait and see, Roger Stone will join in the train wreck. permalink
    October 12, 2010 11:17 pm

    Today it was back taxes, what next? Roger Stone is always part of the story whenever he’s nearby.

    He’s surely nearby Paladino!

    • We saw this coming. You heard it here first! permalink
      October 14, 2010 8:25 pm

      Among the Brooklyn Republican Blogs, there is the dull as dishwater official Brooklyn GOP Home Page & filtered blog; there is Craig Eaton’s and a handful of his unleashed psychopaths’ hate blog “The Jig is Up Atlas”, apparently unfiltered; there’s the Brooklyn YR Club Blog/Home Page and Brooklyn Revolution Blog that clearly articulate a distinctive brand of independent and reform Republicanism of JJJ and several others who make the Brooklyn YRs a dynamic force in the real Brooklyn Republican Party; and there is my personal favorite, “Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn”, clearly the most diverse and open blog for Kings County Republicans, traditional and social conservatives, and Libertarians to freely exchange ideas, and to chide Establishment Republicans for their seemingly endless folly and falderal. Of those, the best gadfly and wag material undoubtedly appears here on ASIB.

      The remarks above concerning Roger Stone are a case in point. They specifically anticipated this kind of breakout news story about Roger Stone and the impact on the paladino campaign. They were a day ahead of the earliest ripple on Stone’s Gay Pride Parade showstopper, and two days ahead of today’s complete upstaging of Paladino and his campaign.

      For today’s press coverage (Google says there were 382 “related articles”) see, e.g.:…/paladino_adviser_roger_stone_shows_UwYVMpdHvatPCZgPzMZU8I…/roger-stone-at-the-gay-pride-parade/…/10/naked_hypocrisy.php

      Earlier this year, Carl Paladino was specifically challenged on this particular danger when he was interviewed at the 49th AD Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club, shortly before petitioning began. One of the questioners at the LaGurdia Club interview specifically asked Mr. Paladino about Roger Stone’s penchant for becoming the main news story at some point in every campaign with which he has ever been associated. Paladino sluffed it off with a statement indicating that Roger Stone was a good friend and he was sure that he would not be any kind of problem for the Paladino campaign. On that particular point, the score: “La Guardia Questioner- 1; Paladino- 0”. btw, Paladino has not been endorsed by the FLRRO to date, but Craig Eaton has marched with CP in the Columbus Parade (a news item almost completely ignored, hence wag material).

      Your old pal,
      Wag The Dog

  8. Sir Magpie De Crow permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:35 am

    Now Paladino has clearly stated his disgust with man on man “grinding” (His words). But one could argue that in such open displays of amor it is at least between human beings, or one species. I feel I must point out that Paladino’s past emails have been rather graphic in depicting “grinding” of a different sort… with horses. I think in the future he should be more judicious in condemning other people’s behavior. Or at the very least he should consider apologizing formally to the equine community.

  9. Among Staten Island's GOP, Evidence of Buyer's Remorse on Paladino permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:48 am


    Among Staten Island’s GOP, evidence of buyer’s remorse on Paladino
    Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 1:06 AM
    Judy L. Randall

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Republican state Sen. Andrew Lanza said yesterday he is “seriously considering” pulling his support of GOP candidate for governor Carl Paladino after Paladino’s damning remarks about gays last weekend.

    But the borough’s two other Paladino boosters, Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (R-South Shore) and Republican Nicole Malliotakis, running for the East Shore/Brooklyn Assembly seat, are sticking by him for now.

    Meanwhile, the borough’s longest-serving Republican official, City Councilman James Oddo, labeled Paladino an “undisciplined candidate,” and said he will not endorse him.

    Associated PressGubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has angered some with recent anti-gay tirades.
    And Republican congressional hopeful Michael Grimm, who has said he will not be endorsing in any race, said: “I am offended by his statements. All New Yorkers should be given equal respect.”

    The latest Paladino firestorm erupted Sunday. The controversial candidate, appearing before a Hasidic congregation in Brooklyn, said children should not be “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option.” He read from a prepared script.

    On Monday, Paladino criticized Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo for having taken his teenage daughters to the Gay Pride Parade last June, saying marchers dress and act provocatively. He made those unscripted comments while at the Columbus Day Parade.

    Late yesterday, Paladino tried to dial it back a bit, issuing a statement saying he had said “some things for which I should have chosen better words.”

    “I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the gay and lesbian community or their family members,” said Paladino. “Any reference to branding an entire community based on a small representation of them is wrong.”

    Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Tobacco supported Rick Lazio in last month’s GOP primary for governor but immediately flipped for Paladino on primary night and endorsed him.

    “Carl Paladino’s statements are inconsistent with my point of view and I would hope that he would apologize for the comments,” said Lanza. “I am seriously considering withdrawing my support over these statements, and I hope he issues the appropriate apology.”

    “I was truly saddened by the remarks,” said Tobacco. “These types of comments do not belong in today’s political discourse and I am hopeful that as the election cycle moves forward, both candidates for governor will focus more of their energies on the issues that New Yorkers care about most — cutting taxes, reducing state spending and creating jobs. At this time, it [my endorsement] still stands.”

    Ms. Malliotakis called Paladino’s statements “insensitive and wholly inappropriate,” adding: “While I believe Mr. Paladino’s fundamental message advocating sweeping reform in Albany is on the mark, I am becoming increasingly disillusioned with his penchant for saying outrageous things. Regrettably, it is looking more and more like the voters of this state have two uninspiring choices for governor.”

    Oddo (R-Mid-Island/Brooklyn), who stayed out of the primary between Paladino and Lazio, said neither Paladino nor Cuomo has sought his endorsement, adding, “nor should they. I will not be making an endorsement. I have potholes to worry about.”

    Oddo said he didn’t understand Paladino’s statements about the gay community either from a “political” or “human” standpoint. Oddo said Paladino “steps on his own message” when he diverts attention from the economy, and “shows a lack of sensitivity to the current climate of high-profile tragedies and hate crimes” directed at gays.

    Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore), who also has stayed out of the governor’s race, did not return calls for comment.

    District Attorney Daniel Donovan, the Republican candidate for state attorney general, has said that as D.A. he is prohibited from making endorsements or commenting on races other than his own.

    Meanwhile, Grimm took a shot at opponent Rep. Michael McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) for publicly calling on him to “disavow” Paladino’s “hateful comments directed at an already-targeted population.”

    Said Grimm: “Congressman McMahon’s position is ironic, since his character has been called into question a number of times and his actions have been seen as offensive. [He] has yet to disclose and disavow the person in his campaign who created his offensive, anti-Semitic ‘Jewish money’ list” of Grimm contributors.

  10. Lakis Velotris permalink
    October 19, 2010 6:23 pm

    If the Greek government did an Enron with its own books, and Greeks Trojan Horse their Greek taxes, what makes you think they pay the IRS? They go to Greece annually to tend their undisclosed accounts on soviet Cyprus. Notice the soviet spy money laundered Metsos disappeared with Cyprus complicity? The Turks would not let him escape because they don’t share the soviet religion. That is why Cyprus must remain divided! Did Illinois Giannoulias, Florida’s Crist, California’s Angelides and New York’s Gianaris apply Greek budgeting techniques like Sarbanes Oxen? Greek Ponzi fourfold Eurodefecit boasts Trojan Horse Perfidy, Klephth Brigandage. Upset that industrious Albanians invaded their lazy, gungrabbing, babykilling homeland, the soviet-churched Greeks vindictively hire, house and promote illegals. As quakes render their homes disposable, Greeks are oblivious to the very concept of maintenance. Instead of blaming environmetalists for fires and socialists for deficits, jealousy driven soviet faith seeks scapegoats. Olympia Snowjob supports Obamacare and abortion because of her gangreen patriarch (Is Orthodox Christianity progressive? Michelle Boorstein Washington Post 11-4-09 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew spoke about the spiritual imperative for nonviolence, universal health care and reducing consumption to help the environment.) Ancient Greeks reduced consumption to help the environment through infanticide and sodomy. Palamite Zealotes massacred Thessalonian aristocracy in preparation for Cantacuzene usurpation via hesychast hyperventilatory hallucination. This soviet socialism motivated Anatolian farmers to embrace Turks in the 1400s to avoid redistributative taxation and then for liberated mainlanders to migrate to Smyrna in the 1800s. Ain’t gonna vote for Do Kaka Goat! Avenge Jake, Hang Bart!

  11. Fabian permalink
    October 28, 2010 8:42 am

    once again the republicrats choose yet another horrible candidate .. all these self professed tea partiers aren’t who they pretend to be apparently … consistently nominating candidates who stand against everything republicans used to believe in

    tea party and mainstream establishment GOP 2 different things? i think not

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