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Paladino Ups Ante, Slams Cuomo Over Gay Pride Parade

Republican: 'They Wear Little Speedos And Grind On Each Other'

NEW YORK (CBS 2 / WCBS 880) — A firestorm has engulfed New York’s race for governor.

Republican candidate Carl Paladino is on the hot seat over comments he made about homosexuals.

It’s drawing national attention, but the blunt speaking businessman isn’t backing down.

In fact, he’s upping the ante, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Paladino tried to give out lollipops at Monday’s Columbus Day parade, but he was mobbed by reporters after he told a Brooklyn Hassidic group he didn’t want kids “brainwashed” into thinking gay marriage is a “valid” option.

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“I unequivocally support all gay rights, all gay rights except the right to be married. I’m a Catholic and I believe in Catholic values,” Paladino said.

With reporters swarming all over him Paladino said he isn’t homophobic, and will hire gays in his administration if he gets elected, but he was sharply critical of a decision by Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo to march in a gay pride parade with his young daughters.

The two combatants went mano-e-mano on that one.

“Have you ever been to one? The men wear little Speedos and they grind on each other. Would you take your children there? I don’t think so,” Paladino said.

“Marcia, he’s probably the last person I’ll take advice from on how to raise my daughters,” Cuomo told Kramer.

To which Paladino replied, “That’s just wonderful. That’s good. I think he’s already displayed his lack of interest maybe in being a good father.”

Cuomo was also mobbed by reporters. He was clearly upset by Paladino’s remarks and tried to lob a broadside of his own at the blunt speaking businessman’s comments.

“They were reckless in light of all the recent violence that we’ve had. They were divisive. They were the worst cynical politics trying to pit people against one another, trying to pit groups against one another,” Cuomo said. “It is repugnant to the content of what New York is.”

Getting back to Paladino’s blunt talk on gays, he said Monday he does not think it makes him unfit to be governor, quite the contrary.

“There are many people in New York who find me very fit because I do speak on issues and I do stand up for the rights of the people, all the people, all the time, including all homosexuals, yes,” Paladino said.

But a version of the speech handed out by a rabbi had some things Paladino didn’t say, including a charge that “there is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.”

Paladino said he didn’t write the speech, but when it was handed to him he crossed that line out.

“That section of my presentation was written and it was handed to a staffer,” Paladino said.

So who did write the speech? Sources tell Kramer it appeared to have been written by a man named Yhehuda Levin, who acted as an emissary from Paladino to the Orthodox community. The rabbis Paladino visited in Brooklyn told Kramer his views reflected their Orthodox views, but they don’t reflect the views of groups dealing with gays.

“We’re sending a message to young people that it’s okay to discriminate, it’s okay to commit violent acts, that it’s okay for gay kids to kill themselves and that’s not okay, particularly in a place in a country that supposedly values all of us,” said Jarrett Barrios of  The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

The firestorm had Paladino’s various political backers at odds. Republican State Chairman Edward Cox said while he condemns any remark that could be construed as homophobic, Paladino is more than capable of speaking for himself.

“The man enunciated that he is for traditional marriage. He’s opposed to same-sex marriage,” said New York State Conservative Party chairman Michael Long.

Long said he thought Paladino’s remarks showed that he and Cuomo had different views on such social issues as gay marriage.

“I think it’s becoming very difficult to be for traditional values in our society today and when one does stand for traditional values they get slammed for it,” Long said.

The campaign rhetoric is probably not going to stop until Election Day. Paladino and Cuomo will meet face to face for the first time next Monday at a debate.

Paladino told Kramer he’s got some other things he wants to make public then.

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  • shoshey

    90% of Americans oppose the gay lifestyle. They are just now getting off the couch and stepping up to say so. You better get used to it and oh, by the way, the name calling from the left doesn’t bother us. We would rather be hated by a bunch of dysfuncationals than loved by them.

    • Roger

      How about citing some sources for your 90% figure. You won’t be able to because you are wrong.

  • silas

    Voting for PALADINO the man!

  • walter12

    Paaideno may lose the election because of his statements and NYC being a hotbed for communists, leftists, socialists, traitors, anarchists, defeatists, appeasers, Muslims, welfare crowd, illegal Mexicans, criminals, dopers, and misfits, but he has guts to confront the Gay propagnada machine.

  • jasparduhdoucbgghost

    Bundle of Twigs vote won’t like this one bit. Find some Salad and Toss it around.

  • Wintoon

    The involvement of children in a Gay parade crosses a line. Have you ever seen what goes on? Probably not because the MSM colludes to suppress it.

  • mark

    His views are completely consistent with Obama’s. Legal union yes, marriage no. After reading the mans views and comments, there is nothing in his position that indicates he wants to “put us back in the dark ages” That is a patently absurd comment made out of ignorance of the text in the article or a lie designed to inflame.

    Either way, this has to stop.

  • YankeeI

    The decline of this country began with the gaining strength of liberalism. The no personal responsibility, if it feels good do it attitude fostered by liberalism has led to the decline of morality in this country. If you follow the timeline that began the decline of this country from within, you can trace it directly back to the Woodstock generation and all that has followed.

    • ld

      Actually back even further!! To the times of the high priests and traders. Love the hypocrisy Government (elected by the people to represent the people) is evil but corporations who cheat steal and put the mighty dollar before ANYTHING including humanity should be set free to run amuck. Also, hate to tell ya but Jesus would be the most anti corporate, anti self interest, anti for -profit (no pun intended) person on the face of the earth if he were alive today (yes even a communist from the literal sense of the word). So pick a side (self interest and for-profit or the word of Jesus)… some how the right has taken both…. I promise you they don’t mix.

    • Mark

      Nope, go back further, you need to start with Woodrow Wilson.

  • Maddie

    If gays would stop trying to re-define marriage and pursue the same rights as married couples through civil unions, we would probably have the support of most Americans and end this boiling pot of hate directed at gay people.

    • Mark

      Yes but you expose the real agenda, to pound all of us who may not agree with all of the agenda’s of the “lifestyle” into submission by fiat using the power of the federal government and/or political correctness (diversity).

  • Maddie

    WOW, just because someone is opposed to marriage being redefined does not mean he is evil and wants to gas and murder other human beings. Can’t you have a civil debate?

  • Dee

    Excuse me, but President Obama and Vice-Pres Biden, are opposed to Gay marriage just like Palodino and basically have said the same things he is saying concerning gays. Shoot Obama won’t even repeal DADT so what’s the problem? Direct some of your anger at the Dems wjho are all talk and no action. Just sayin.

  • mama

    you mean like the vile sexist things that have been said and posted about Palin???

    • Robert

      Exactly!Bigotry by liberals is never condemned only ignored.

    • DaDeO

      But… But… But… that’s different! Palin DESRVED those comments, right? Double standards all around….

  • nopinko

    Maybe Andy is teaching his girls about voyeurism by taking them to gay pride extravaganzas. I hope he also teaches his girls that they can wear speedos and dry hump other girls too!

  • victord

    Mr Paladino is a brave man who says what he thinks. Best we know him in an honest context. I just wish I could vote for him.

    • Mark

      So, you prefer to vote to someone who is dishonest and panders?

  • Dee

    Isn’t Obama and his vic-president also against gay marriage???? Just sayin


    It’s scary… Honor in a politician? Perhaps. If individuals are gay or straight why does it need to be discussed IN ANY SETTING?


    I LOVE Palidino!! He is Great!! NOW!! He has cajones!!!….! Palidino for Mayor!! also for Chicago!! PALIDINO FOR PRESIDENT!!

  • ByteRider

    In the middle ages, people didn’t die of HIV by the hundreds of millions.

    • korakaos

      ByteRider: No, they died of the plague in seriously large numbers, your point is moot.

      Btw, the largest group of humans with HIV is straight women.


    I LOVE Palidino!! He is Great!! NOW!! He has cajones!!!….! Palidino for Mayor!! also for Chicago!!

  • ThomasPaine

    Balasti, you’re confused. Paladino merely forwarded a few emails that he received unsolicited from others. He didn’t post anything, they were private emails, and no one complained. Quite frankly, on the scale of things, that’s minor compared with Cuomo’s letting his daughters ride in a gay pride parade. Do you see the difference? Really, it’s a mattter of common sense.

  • ByteRider

    Bigot is the wrong word, dufus… you mean he will be labeled Prejudice. Which is a label every human carries to some extent.

    Learn English before you use it.

  • steve s

    Let’s see. We have a leftist Cuomo, who has never held a real job. We have another man who is a successful businessman. One will continue to spend us into oblivion, to the general beefit of societies laggards (all government workers and 9 to 5 ers who look to bilk and leech off others), not downtrodden (mentally insane, ill etc.). Do we vote for the guy who is scared to offend? Or, do we vote for a guy with principles?

    • GREG


  • Darrell

    I’d be proud if a vile, filthy hatemonger like Paladino questioned my parenting. It would assure me that I was on the right track.

    Religion is child abuse, folks, and make no mistake, this man was badly abused.

  • Johnny

    What’s your point?

  • ByteRider

    A moron is a moron, too, Balasti… you are using the WRONG WORD. BIGOT is not the same thing has PREJUDICE. Everyone is PREJUDICE to some level, not everyone is a bigot.

    You need to get yourself a dictionary and read it… assuming you can read.

    • CP

      bigoted |ˈbigətid|
      obstinately convinced of the superiority or correctness of one’s own opinions and prejudiced against those who hold different opinions

      according to the dictionary a lot of people bigoted when it comes to politics

  • Billy Bob Toothless

    Gay Flamers are ridiculous! They make all gays look like pedophiles & rectum worshippers. Any person who parades around in speedos & bumps & grinds on another man in public needs to be made aware of their hidious behavior!

    These people have spread AIDS from coast to coast & have killed off most of their sexual partners & are now openly preying on children. Why? Obviously to perpetuate their species.

    Come on! how much intelligence does it take to realize two gays can’t reproduce & they only want to get noticed for one reason.

    That reason is: perpetuation of their types through the advocacy of sex with children…………………

  • Johnny Carson

    Come on, give Mr. P a break – this is his 1st campaign. He has not learned the ways of prostitute Andy, who is sellinig his kids to the gays, unions and municipal workers, (and who know what else) for principals. Besides, what morals does a prostitute for office really have?

  • dwezl

    hey redspin pack it in your ass…..

  • H. Smith

    I’m voting for Palodino because I’m Cuomophobic.

  • Hamlet

    Solution: put them all on an island together and let them have all the parties and all the parades they want. We’ll visit the colony in 80 years and we’ll see how the population is doing.

    • RobertSmith

      The population will stay pretty much the same since straight people will continue having gay kids to fill up the islands..

  • fdg

    The man has guts. Didn’t back down when called out — better than a pandering sycophant like Cuomo.

  • Jimbo

    “I unequivocally support all gay rights, all gay rights except the right to be married”

    “Have you ever been to one? The men wear little Speedos and they grind on each other. Would you take your children there? I don’t think so.”

    So Paladino sides with the vast majority of Americans. Why is this a story again? Oh yeah, because the MSM is votes for democrats 80% of the time. I’ts a fact, look it up.

  • Michael S.W.

    Carl Paladino makes a mockery of Catholicism, a denomination of the Christian Religion. He calls himself a “good Catholic” but goes around spewing the utmost hateful, non-Christian rhetoric and defies everything that Jesus Christ taught and stands for–peace, love, unity, and harmony. And you wonder why Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew 16:1-12–“Be on guard against the YEAST (propaganda) of the Pharisees”. Carl Paladino is indeed amongst the PHARISEES of today!! PAY ATTENTION NEW YORKERS, FOR YOUR SAKE AND MINE!!

  • Dot

    No, if the gays could have their way, they would put us straight people in the gas chambers. Back at ya Buddy.What an idiotic remark.

  • Kari

    I live in CA and voted for gay marriage. I couldn’t believe MSNBC was bashing him for saying he wouldn’t want a child at a gay pride march. WHO WOULD???? It’s a great time to party but no place for a child. Come on!

  • ThomasPaine

    I don’t know, Redspin. Remember that there’s a curtain on the voting booth and it’s private. I’m thinking that there are a lot of firefighters, cops, union guys, dads with young sons, grandparents and so forth in NY who Palladino just may have struck a chord with. Sure, none of them will admit it, but……..just sayin’. It’s really just a matter of common sense.

  • Dot

    Paladino is not a racist. He just does not believe in marriage between two men or two women. Do you want your kids at 5 years of age watching two men half naked grinding and simulating sex on the streets? Sounds like the demise of Rome to me. That’s what they did before the fall of Rome, and we are heading in that direction. We have our rights too, and I sick of seeing gays grinding and simulating sex. Straights have RIGHTS TOO and I want MY RIGHTS!!!!!!!!

  • Alfred

    Rich, please. The man said he thought gay pride parades demonstrated offensive behavior (which they very often do). He opposes gay marriage, which places him squarely in the majority in this country. And he says that he’ll hire and treat gays fairly in the workplace. That’s mass murder to you?
    So anything short of wholesale acceptance of the most radical position/agenda of the left constitutes a crime against humanity? Please.

  • Rob

    Google NYC pride parade and honestly ask yourself if kids should attend after you look at these pics:

    You have to scroll down, but beware, you will see men in speedo’s just like Paladino said.

  • Jen

    Press liked Guiliani because he enjoyed dressing like a woman.

  • Tim Bates

    Go Paladino! Pull no punch! You WILL get MORE votes for taking a stand about which so many likely voters feel strongly on your side.

  • Dot

    I am tired of gays craming their lifestyle down my throat and going into churches and putting the cross up their crotch. Gays, live your life but leave mine alone. Horaah for Paladion, because he is my Pal.

  • Michael S.W.

    As a heterosexual married man and a Christian (unlike many far right wing Christians), I am outraged at Carl Paladino’s continual divisive bashing and inciting hatred & violence, be it towards gays and/or people of color. The guy is racist & sexist! We certainly do not need nor should we tolerate another “Rudy Giuliani” kind of politician in office. He is clearly unfit to be in office and is highly capable of being every New Yorker’s worst nightmare!!

    • Paul

      Oh, yeah, Giulaini was awful, Bloomberg is so much better. Just brilliant. Guys like you are my worst nightmare, bud.

  • ThomasPaine

    There is a big difference between believing that what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms is their business. The majority of americans believe that, and it seems Mr. Palladino does as well. That does not extend to the belief in teaching our kids in school that being gay is fine (with our tax dollars, no less). Or having to watch gay pride parades, with all their obvious obscenities. It’s simply a matter of common sense.

  • Jay Joseph

    A man who shoots from his hip is too dangerous to be in public office.


    • Mark

      How did he shoot from the hip, he’s not the most polished public speaker or figure but his ideology is based in a religious tradition going back 2000 years.

      He has observed the gay pride events and determined it’s not a place to take his daughters, seems reasonable to me. No hip shooting here.

      He holds the same view as Obama on gay marriage, which is a legal union but no redefinition of marriage to include same sex. Again, right in line with the mainstream.

      At some point in this country we have to stop shooting the messenger because we don’t like the delivery of the message.

    • Russ

      A man who is too busy perpetually wringing his hands to ever be able to shoot, is a lot worse.

    • Christopher

      Uhm, that eliminates just about every candidate, FYI.

    • Robert

      So you’ll vote for the dope who’s responsible for New York being in the sordid shape it’s in.Smart.

  • Maureen

    I’m sick of traditional polititians who just say things to get votes (like Obama).
    Paladino has the guts to say what many feel but afraid to say it. He doesn’t owe anybody anything, and is obviously not “buying” votes like so many others.
    Good for Paladino. I wish more people were as frank as him!

  • Veronica Miller

    WHAT is going on with the world.. don’t we have freedom of speech, he has the right to say and believe whatever he wants to say and believe. Honestly if gays believed that their lifestyle was right they wouldn’t always get upset when people don’t agree with them. And people should have the right to say what they believe without arguments. He is a conservative, what do you expect??!!!

  • chuck

    I’m an atheist, and I grew up in the city. Lots of homeless kids, many were Gay (and that’s why they were homeless – beaten by their stepfathers, etcetera). But we were punk rockers, and we hated hyprocisy…We used to go to Pride i and mock the militants for their hyprocrisy…I have an idea: Every Gay person who insists that every straight person like them and respect them for their accidental biological orientation – you didn’t choose to be gay – should be forced to like and respect every fundamentalist christian. Why not give them a booth at Pride? You militants are the most intolerant people I’ve ever met. I’m from Minneapolis too, so I’ve met a lot of ya!

    • Mark

      Excellent point Chuck particularly when you consider ones religion is just as much a lottery driven by where and when you were born as well.

      • ld

        ammmm….. you can choose which religion you choose to practice at any point in your life Mark… you aren’t “born into a religion” so to speak…. however, you aren’t choosing to be gay!! You are or are not. It’s not a choice and that’s not my opinion its a fact. People don’t chose to be gay they are or arent

  • Califemme

    LOL – He’s gonna get MORE votes!! Go Paladino! People are tired of the militant gheys!

  • hourilo

    hey d. brown, you are a typical liberal playing fast and loose with the facts. Why don’t you try getting the story straight you ass. i hate hate hate stupid morons like you

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