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Paladino Attacks Cuomo's Gay Rights Record, Wife Speaks

Carl Paladino has released the first in what he says will be a series of vibrantly-named attack ads aimed at Andrew Cuomo. The first so-called "Cuomo Land" ad lambastes the gubernatorial candidate for being hypocritical in his stance on marriage equality in New York state.

The New York Daily News points out how the ad might be a bad idea for Paladino:

Paladino, who staunchly opposes gay nuptials, accused Cuomo of being a hypocrite for touting his support for same-sex weddings now - but being "all but invisible" when the issue was before the Legislature last year. "He was asked by those pushing for the measure to call three wavering senators," the Paladino campaign said in the first of what it promises will be daily "Cuomo Land" attacks.

Political pros were puzzled that Paladino would attack Cuomo on gays, given that the Tea Party darling's campaign unraveled this week after he delivered an anti-gay diatribe. Veteran Democratic operative Hank Sheinkopf called it a "bad choice of a first issue" for the "Cuomo Land" attacks. "All it will do is reinforce the fact that he looked like a bigot last week," Sheinkopf said.

Paladino lifts some of his attack information from this New York Times article, published earlier this summer, that focused on Cuomo's support of the gay community.

Meanwhile, taking a different approach than Laura Bush did during her husband's run in the White House, Mrs. Paladino has publicly stated her opinion on marriage equality. She told the New York Times: “I have gay friends, and they’re some of the most generous, loving people you ever want to meet. If they want to live together and be together and share a life, that’s their business.”

She also commented on his controversial remarks last weekend: “I don’t know how it came out. Probably badly — it usually does.” When someone says, "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual," I'd say "badly" is an understatement.

Mrs. Paladino also revealed that her openly gay nephew is upset by her husband's critical views on the LGBT community. Sounds like that's why he went AWOL earlier this week.

Read the full e-mail, via Talking Points Memo, AFTER THE JUMP.

Andrew Cuomo says "Gay Marriage is the civil rights issue of our time" (New York Daily News, Oct 15, 2010)
"As a landmark gay marriage bill hurtled toward an uncertain vote last year, New York's Democratic leaders scrambled to corral support. Gov. David A. Paterson delivered impassioned speeches, Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand headlined a giant rally and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn shuttled back and forth to Albany to lobby lawmakers.

But the state's most popular Democrat, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, was all but invisible.

He was asked by those pushing for the measure to call three wavering senators. He never spoke with two of them, their aides said, and did not reach another until after the senator had voted -- against the bill.

In the end, none of the three senators supported the bill." (The New York Times July 8, 2010)

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  1. Notice what she said and what you quoted.
    "I have gay friends, and they’re some of the most generous, loving people you ever want to meet. If they want to live together and be together and share a life, that’s their business.”

    there is not one word of support for MARRIAGE equality in that. The same goes for the rest of her interview that you link to.

    According to it:
    "“He’s not a man full of hate,” Ms. Paladino said in an interview on Thursday in the church where she worships. She blamed the news media for misrepresenting her husband."

    some how the media got it wrong, they must have dubbed those words into his mouth.

    at the end of the article she is quoted as saying:
    " “And you have three weeks left and it’s not important to talk about. I don’t know. I don’t get it. It’s sad.”"

    not important to talk about....words of someone trying to trivialize gay rights and obscure the issue of bigotry.

    Posted by: mikenola | Oct 16, 2010 7:40:35 PM

  2. It's official: Paladinosaur is nuts. He's saying "my opponent waivers between not-involved and open-minded, but I'm CONSISTENT in my irrational homophobia (although my nephew is gay and I pretend not to hate him, so I'm sort of inconsistent, too)". This guy doesn't realize his personal 3rd rail is anything and everything gay yet he keeps touching it!

    And while we're on the topic of being nuts, this page is trying to run scripts from twenty (20) linked sites, according to NoScript. Only the script from has to be enabled to allow commenting.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 16, 2010 8:14:59 PM

  3. hopefully this the last act of a dying man. this total bullshit he spreads his shit blames everyone else then revisits his mistakes he is more screwed up than the new york senate. just what we need in albany there are enough assholes there already.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 16, 2010 9:03:34 PM

  4. The "dysfunctional" line was in the printed speech given to the press, but was not in the actual speech.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 16, 2010 9:05:03 PM

  5. Tea Party.
    Tea Room Party.

    Posted by: Philo | Oct 16, 2010 9:36:22 PM

  6. Hot Carl Paladino is so far removed from reality, it ain't even funny. On top of that his moron wife thinks that the media is painting him out to be a crass thug of a bully when he's really a saint. Nope, bitch, he's a thug, and you're about as sharp as a bowling ball.

    Hot Carl is an embarrassment to the values he professes to hold dear. I hope that not only does he get defeated, but I hope he gets revealed for being the petty little crook playing at being a politician.

    Posted by: Seoul Brother | Oct 16, 2010 10:00:54 PM

  7. I think he is getting his cue from the posters here and going after the gay vote. Apearantly being a sometimes tepid supporter of gay rights is a million times worse than being a vitriolic hater.

    So there you go gents, Paladino's your guy. The Republican (tea) party welcomes your vote and your money and your propaganda with open arms. But they will always hate you. (However, they wouldn't mind a blowjob.)

    Posted by: Anon | Oct 16, 2010 10:51:39 PM

  8. Alright, since they're both italians, can't they settle this with wild hand movements, yelling and guns? Paladino looks like a cadaver. Do you really want to vote for a cadaver?

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 17, 2010 12:21:31 AM

  9. Batshit crazy yes....but where was Cuomo when LGBT NY needed him?

    Posted by: John Normile | Oct 17, 2010 10:04:01 AM

  10. I suspect Mrs. Paladino is on Cuomo's payroll. If not, he should send her flowers!

    Posted by: wimsy | Oct 17, 2010 10:08:25 AM

  11. You'll have to forgive Mr. Paladino — he sometimes gets caught up in all that liberal PC gobbledegook of technical terms. When he says "dysfunctional homosexual," what he really means is "dirty fucking faggot." Apologies to anyone who was under the impression that he was implying some kind of tenuous support for the dignity of his gay neighbors.

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 17, 2010 10:22:40 AM

  12. However positions are filtered, it comes out the same: two men want the job. One guy is focused, the other guy is scattershot and looking to kill with random bullet hits. When it comes to having someone lead, who would you pick? Though, in the end, the winner isn't necessarily the best choice for any change whatsoever as things stand now. Though, I don't favor electing a fool because he can out shout anyone. Tyrants appear tame by comparison.

    Posted by: John D.B. | Oct 17, 2010 11:34:34 AM

  13. NY is in an electoral rut. The state has had a series of bad governors.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 17, 2010 12:19:31 PM

  14. Imagine sleeping with him every night, when you not only disagree with his beliefs, you know he's sleeping around. He only got caught once because of the kid, I doubt it was his first time fooling around. The Tiger Woods of nut job Tea Baggers.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 17, 2010 1:44:27 PM

  15. Paladino is absolutely right. Where was Cuomo on gay marriage prior to the election? Harnessing the requisite number of votes to get gay marriage legislation passed in New York? Yeah, right.

    Cuomo is a phony and a sleaze, yet another burnt piece of toast that we'll end up with in our failed campaign to get legal gay civil marriage in New York.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 17, 2010 5:15:39 PM

  16. Most political wives would never say something like, "I don’t know how it came out. Probably badly — it usually does." I find that hilarious. She's both pretending not to know what he said (which is impossible) and admitting that he's loathsome. (And yes, I realize he's not been a politician, but still.)

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 17, 2010 6:04:34 PM

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