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#Paladino, Hasidim, and Homosexuals

13 Oct

The New York Post caught up with Carl Paladino’s nephew – the one Paladino cited as proof that he’s a “live and let live” guy when it comes to gays.

Carl Paladino’s openly gay nephew — whom the candidate points to as proof he’s no homophobe — said yesterday he was “very offended” by his uncle’s anti-gay rants.

Jeff Hannon, 23, a staffer for the Paladino campaign, also hasn’t shown up at work since the bomb-throwing GOP gubernatorial hopeful made his caustic comments about homosexuality, one of Hannon’s co-workers told The Post.

In a brief phone interview yesterday, Hannon, in his first public remarks on the incident, told The Post, “Obviously, I’m very offended by his comments.”

Hannon said he had no further comments “right now,” before hanging up.

The hunky, 6-foot-2 staffer hasn’t been seen at campaign headquarters in Buffalo since Sunday, one worker said.

“Everybody was talking about it today. They are worried about him,” said the worker. “They think he’s upset.”

Hannon graduated from SUNY-Buffalo in 2008 and majored in political science, according to his page on MySpace.com.

In April, he tweeted, “Finally some love 4 us gays!” and linked to a newspaper article about President Obama extending federal benefits to same-sex partners of government workers.

“Some of my best friends are gay” doesn’t make up for Paladino’s pandering to a miniscule, disproportionately influential, special interest group on Sunday.  It doesn’t make up for his doubling-down on Sunday’s insults to gays with Monday’s commentary on the Speedoism of gay pride parades. Paladino has made morality and values, including his Catholicism, an issue in this race over the course of the past 3 days.  Perhaps those alleged values need more challenging.

Supporters of gay rights protested outside Paladino’s HQ at Ellicott Square yesterday afternoon.  Tom Dolina was there, and estimates the crowd at about 100.

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Antoine Thompson spoke to the crowd. To his credit, he was the only WNY State Senator to have voted in favor of marriage equality when it came up for a vote last year:

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Stereotypical Paladino

12 Oct

This past weekend, this happened:

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Setting aside the unique pronunciation of “pervert” with the emphasis on the last syllable – the mark of someone reading his remarks for the first time (psst – they were written for him by the Hasidic “audience”), the Paladino campaign issued this statement Monday morning, to commemorate Columbus Day:

“In my speech today to Orthodox Jewish leaders in New York City, I noted my opposition to gay marriage, inspired by my Catholic beliefs. I also oppose discrimination of any form. I did not say this phrase, as was inaccurately attributed to me by some media outlets:

“There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That is not how God created us.”

I do not agree with this passage, nor did I say it. Apparently a few reporters relied upon suggested remarks distributed by my hosts at the synagogue in Williamsburg after my departure, not the actual statement I made. My campaign staff has worked with the inaccurate outlets and most corrected their stories after viewing video of the event.

I unequivocally have no other reservations about homosexuality. I enjoy a close relationship with my nephew who is gay and I certainly consider him to be a functional child of God.”

He didn’t agree with the passage recommended to him by the Hasidic group to whom he spoke, but he was more than happy to pander to them with this,

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. “I didn’t march in the gay parade this year — the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that’s not the example we should be showing our children.”

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He told this to Fox’s Good Day, NY:

I don’t believe that gays should be discussed in the schools. I think that morality is a situation that should be discussed in the home. I believe that homosexuals are severely discriminated against. I think it is a horrible situation. I don’t disavow that comment. The comment was made about teaching children about homosexuality at a young age. I don’t think it should be done in the schools. Except for gay marriage, I’m fine with it. I have a nephew, I have employees who are gay. I’m sensitive to the discrimination about that.

Politician Carl Paladino had to explain himself on the national morning shows, and he reiterated that some of his best friends are teh gay, but he just doesn’t want them getting married.  Or entering into civil unions.  Even though his nephew is gay, and he thinks his nephew is “a functional child of God”, he thinks his nephew’s “option” to be a gay American is not “valid” or “successful”.

The reason why we know that homosexuality is not a “choice” or an “option” is that no one would voluntarily choose to be discriminated against, mocked, insulted, beaten, or otherwise subjected to moronic, Neanderthal hatred from conservative teabagging types.

The reason this is so astonishing as far as Paladino is concerned?  He happily sends around a video of a horse engaging in a sex act with a human femalethat’s ok.  But two guys who love each other entering into a marriage contract?  Quelle horreur!

And those gay pride parades! Like, OMG!

I don’t think it’s proper for them to go there and watch a couple of grown men grind against each other. I don’t think that’s proper, I think it’s disgusting….Now, Andrew Cuomo said he took his children to a gay pride parade. I was at one in Toronto one time, we stumbled on it, my wife and I. It wasn’t pretty. It was a bunch of very extreme type people in bikini-type outfits grabbing at each other and doing these gyrations and I certainly wouldn’t let my young children see that.”

Here’s an image of Andrew Cuomo marching in New York’s Gay Pride Parade. Note the conspicuous absence of Speedos, bumping, and/or grinding:

In Carl’s world, people are defined by their stereotypes. Just like all Italians are mobsters legitimate businessmen in the olive oil importation or construction business, just like all blacks are on welfare or in jail, just like all Jewish people are cheap, and just like how all Asians are wizards at math.

So it is that all gays are Speedo-clad queens camping it up at the parade.

You can’t be opposed to discrimination against gays, but then in the next breath support discriminating against them in the arena of marriage (or even civil unions, for that matter) – most fundamental part of human existence – the ability to legalize a committed union.  Gay marriages seldom involve “Speedos” or “bumping and grinding”.

I have no idea why Paladino’s visit to Brooklyn’s Hasidic community required plumbing the depths of orthodox religious homophobia, but there you have it.  Carl separating New Yorkers and playing one voting bloc off another, completely bypassing the notion that New York is broken, people are taxed too much, Albany is corrupt, and spending is too high.

(Header image courtesy Tom Dolina)