Report: Paladino Once Rented To Gay Clubs

NEW YORK (AP) — State liquor license records show that New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino had once collected rent from two gay clubs located in buildings he owned in downtown Buffalo, according to a published report.

Cobalt, which operated as a gay bar in 2004 and most of 2005, also was run by Paladino’s son, William, the Daily News reported Wednesday. It was housed in a building owned by one of Paladino’s many companies, Huron Group LLC, the newspaper said. The club was run under another corporate name.

Sometime in 2005, the club began catering to straight clientele, the Daily News reported.

The newspaper said liquor license records also showed that the other club, Buddies II, operated under the name Queen City Entertainment in another Paladino building in 2005 and 2006.

Buddies II described itself as a “bar where anyone and everyone is welcome (and) prejudices are left at the door,” the News said.

The report comes a day after Paladino apologized to the gay community for what he called his “poorly chosen words,” including that being gay is “not the way God created us.”

His spokesman, Michael Caputo, did not immediately comment on the report.

Paladino on Tuesday said he should have edited more of the phrasing out of a speech he gave to Orthodox Jewish leaders on Sunday. His speech did include opposition to what he said was schools’ “brainwashing” of students into thinking the gay lifestyle is just another choice. He said the gay lifestyle is “not the example that we should be showing our children.”

Paladino said he opposes same-sex marriage but would actively recruit gays to his administration. He has also mentioned his gay nephew in saying that the discrimination he and others face is a ‘very ugly experience.”

In a brief telephone interview with the New York Post, the nephew, Carl Paladino, said “Obviously, I’m very offended by his comments.” He declined further comment.

The 23-year-old has not been seen at his uncle’s campaign headquarters in Buffalo where he works since the remarks, the Post said.

Paladino has blamed some of the latest controversy on press reports that included phrases that were in an earlier version of the speech that the Orthodox leaders had distributed to reporters but that he had struck out before delivering it.

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  • carlos

    I like Paladino for saying that about the gay lifestyle and about taking apart the MTA. Granted, I wouldn’t deny someone a job because he/she is gay, or medical benefits. But it’s not in the belief system of most religions as being acceptable. We shouldn’t be teaching kids it’s OK. However, let’s just make sure that they understand also that many people are born that way so don’t pick on them either

  • allistair

    Let’s face facts. Paladino is reflecting the views of most New Yorkers. The “guy on the street” believes in “don’t ask, don’t tell”. An individual’s life is their own business. BUT…don’t try to establish an officially recognized lifestyle. That goes a bit beyond what the average Joe will accept. Also, it particularly irks a vast majority of the people that I speak to when someone tries to label this attitude as discrimination. Every protest/parade garners more votes for Paladino.

  • Stallion

    Someone please whack this Paladino guy!

  • Steve

    Wow – Paladino is prejudiced, weird and out-of-touch. His tirade was out-of-control. Moreover, why would he outlaw abortion in the case of rape? A rapist is nothing but HUMAN GARBAGE – and maybe we should “incinerate” vioilent rapists (maybe capital punishment for some), just as we do with garbage. Why does Paladino want to grant HUMAN GARBAGE rapists the right to propagate, against someone else’s will? We should eradicate the DNA of violent rapists from the human gene pool.

  • nathan

    As long as their $ is green he doesnt have a problem. And if his son was running the bar, what else was he doing there? Hmmmm?

  • JGNY

    How come there is not ONE negative Article about Cuomo ? NOT ONE. With his HUD scandels and all the rest he gets away scot free by your writers. Is there a Bias or is it just lazy. Your website and the rest of the NY Media is doing whatever you can to get that bum elected.

    • MissJusticeNY

      Because Cuomo has everyone in his pocket and people are either too dumb or ignorant to realize it. I’m not going to try and defend Paladino because he is crazy, but at least he isn’t a liar and thief like Cuomo. The people will elect Cuomo because his name is recognizeable and he knows how to lie through his teeth to make everyone happy. Then when he is Governor people will cry and complain that nothing has changed. That’s how it goes…. People CLAIM they want change, but when given the oppurtunity to do so, they usually just go with more of the same. Attention all voters: If you vote for Cuomo, you have NO BUSINESS complaining about ANYTHING in the next few years.

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