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NY Candidate Paladino Adds ‘Homophobe’ to His Resume

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New York State Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino told an audience of Brooklyn Hasidic Jews that he opposed homosexuality, in no uncertain terms.

“I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t,” he said on Sunday in widely-reported remarks, which included criticism of his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, who recently marched in a gay pride parade with his daughter.  Some outlets reported that Paladino’s prepared text initially included the phrase “being a dysfunctional homosexual is nothing to be proud of” in reference to Cuomo.

But Paladino, swearing that he was tolerant, issued what he apparently thought was a reasonable disclaimer: “Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie.”

The far right-wing candidate has carved out a growing reputation for himself after a video of him and aides threatening to “take out” an aggressive reporter went viral. Still earlier, reports circulated of his forwarding racist and pornographic emails to colleagues.

Read more at the NYTimes and at Newser.

Watch a video of  Paladino's Speech at WNYC's "Empire" Blog

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