Paladino To Gay Community: ‘I’m Sorry’

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino apologized Tuesday for his controversial comments about gays.

After a barrage of criticism, Paladino said he should have chosen better words.

Saying “I have made mistakes,” Paladino apologized for statements he’s made over the past few days about homosexuals, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Paladino said he didn’t write the speech he delivered to Orthodox Jewish leaders on Sunday and crossed out content he thought was unacceptable.

However, statements he made afterward seemed to add fuel to the fire, including a comment about a gay pride parade, CBS 2’s Chris Wragge reported.

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

But Tuesday Paladino said he had “made mistakes in this campaign.”

“I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the gay and lesbian community or their family members. Any reference to branding an entire community based on a small representation of them is wrong. I will reach out to leaders of the gay community to educate me on how to better represent my support for the rights of all citizens.”

Paladino’s apology came after his opponent, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, charged that his comments were divisive.

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  1. tim says:

    Rest assured 99.99% of the population, at the right place and time. They will drop their pants it

  2. Paul Mod says:

    Poossying out. Say it ain’t so, Paladino. Fg nation.

  3. Sal says:

    You all KNOW he wouldn’t have apologized had he already been elected.
    Crocodile tears for some votes…

  4. JOE AITCH says:

    HE’S NOT A MAN HE’S A COWARD…HE ONLY APOLOGIZED CAUSE HE KNEW OR WAS TOLD THAT THESE LATEST HATEFUL COMMENTS WOULD COST HIM BIG TIME….PEOPLE LIKE “J” SCARE ME MORE THAN THE IDIOT PALADINO…

  5. JoeNYC says:

    In the infamous words of a Timbaland/OneRepublic song……….

  6. J says:

    Carl Paladino is a man. It takes a man to admit when he’s wrong!

  7. JOE AITCH says:

    CARL PALADINO IS A DISGRACE TO THE HUMAN RACE…

  8. cvb says:

    So he read a script publicly for the first time that he nor his campaign wrote. So let’s all right our own for the parrot to repeat.

  9. carla says:

    Don’t appologize if you meant it…lol…who cares.

  10. dave says:

    Translation: didn’t realize so many people would be offended by my true feelings. Please teach me how to sucker you out of your vote.

  11. BS Meter says:

    “I will reach out to leaders of the gay community to educate me on how to better represent my support for the rights of all citizens.”

    That’s actually a strong statement — and someone on one side, that reaches over to another promotes more understanding. Now, maybe these two CAN DEBATE issues from the NY State economy, Albany’s cesspool and our media will focus on issues at hand. (And of course, they can bat this around as well!)

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