UPDATE- NYDN now reports Paladino never uttered the word "dysfunctional."
Chalk up another media favorite group that Carl Paladino has antagonized...This time its gays...Mr. P.told a gathering of ultra orthodox Hasidic Jews that not only would he veto a gay marriage bill, but that Andrew Cuomo should not have allowed his daughters to march with him in the Gay Pride Parade. And he said children need not be brainwashed in school to believe a homosexual lifestyle is OK.
All of this prompts the reflexive charge of being homophobic from the Cuomo camp.
If Carl is looking for friends in the City, he needs to go beyond one religious sect whose leadership happens to share with Mr. Paladino a revulsion and contempt for Speaker Silver.
The red meat thrown so easily in such settings doesn't help Paladino get elected, and the Cuomo-centric media will be looking for every incendiary quote to reenforce the popular perception that Mr. Paladino is incapable of governing.
Now the Gay Pride Parade is something of a affront to those who want their gays more in the background,but whether Mr.Cuomo takes his daughters with him to march is his decision as a parent.
This guy has so squandered the centrist anger he tapped into in the GOP primary. I say he loses by 18.
Carl Paladino in blast at gays: 'Nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual'