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Shoe Marriage, Brothels, High Rent Feature in NY Governor Debate

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Jimmy McMillan stole the show at last night's New York gubernatorial debate, which featured a kooky cast of characters, from Eliot Spitzer's madam to teabagger Carl Paladino to ex-Black Panther and NY City Councilman Charles Barron.

McMillan was representing the "Rent is Too Damn High Party". See a clip of his moments, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gay marriage was addressed in a lightning round. The WSJ blog has the details:

The debate moderators, for some reason, chose to limit the candidates to five-word response on the question of gay marriage. Here's where some of the candidates stand:

Paladino, who went first, misunderstood the lightning round format: "Gay marriage is an issue that’s very important to the people today," he began, before the moderator cut him off. Then, following the rules, he said, "I do not support gay marriage."

Cuomo put it more bluntly: "Strongly support gay marriage."

Barron cited the platform of his Freedom Party ... which has not yet taken a stand on gay marriage, apparently.

The Rent Is Too Damn High Party, on the other hand, has weighed in on the issue. According to McMillan, his party would support people who want to marry a shoe.

Kristen Davis, Eliot Spitzer's madam, got in the first laugh line of the night:

The former madam denounced any increase in taxes, calling the stock-transfer tax a job killer.

"Businesses will leave this state quicker than Carl Paladino at a gay bar," she said, referring to Paladino's remarks from a week ago that were widely viewed as anti-gay.

The debate "verged on farce," wrote the NYT. Read its report here.

Watch McMillan, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Cuomo support gay marriage? Tell us another one, Cuomo. We're not going to be tricked by yet another fake gay avocate like yourself. Go away, Cuomo. You and your ilk are barf-inducing.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 19, 2010 7:55:34 AM

  2. Is this what we have come to? After decades of running around the world telling everyone else how marvelous our democratic system is?

    It looks like a scene from a Fellini movie, cue the clowns.

    The predictions that our government would degrade to some front for the monied interests are coming true.

    Posted by: Shocking, Not | Oct 19, 2010 8:05:03 AM

  3. Well, I have been looking for a way to express my anger with Democrats selling us out and now I have one. I plan on voting for the Rents To Damned High Party.

    Posted by: Paulo | Oct 19, 2010 8:06:00 AM

  4. Voting Green Party.

    No, NY Times, it's the Dems and GOP who are most farcical.

    Posted by: Bill W | Oct 19, 2010 8:08:40 AM

  5. Im SICK of them referring to consenting same gender adults marrying as "Gay Marriage" .....Its MARRIAGE EQUALITY..period! STOP calling it GAy Marriage

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 19, 2010 8:10:28 AM

  6. I predict a tight race between McMillan and Cuomo.

    Posted by: sparks | Oct 19, 2010 8:14:12 AM

  7. For once SNL doesn't even need to parody this...just roll the damn clip.

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Oct 19, 2010 9:22:43 AM

  8. Debates should always have candidates like McMllan; it helps the Crowd see just how damned absurd the whole democratic process is.

    Posted by: Vincent | Oct 19, 2010 10:34:06 AM

  9. I agree, DISGUSTED AMERICAN. Civil marriage is one institution; there is no gay marriage, any more than there is straight marriage. Yet even gay people (including bloggers) persist in using the incorrect term instead of using marriage equality.

    "Go away, Cuomo." Right, Jason. (Speaking of "barf-inducing.") Cause homophobic thug Paladino or one of these other fools would be better for NY than marriage-equality supporting (and sane--a bonus!) Cuomo. Fortunately, you can't vote in NY.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 19, 2010 11:00:55 AM

  10. We deserve a much better discussion of the issues than we got last night.

    Posted by: bklynbryan | Oct 19, 2010 11:56:01 AM

  11. Yes, Cuomo said he "strongly" supports gay marriage. And yes I'll be voting for him, because there is no better alterative.

    But I think you should point out this little "nugget" from another part of the debate: Cuomo, referring to the disparity in the quality of education offered the children of the rich vs. those of the poor, referred to it as "the civil rights issue of our time." Am I the only one who sees that as a coded message message meant to be received by and comfort social conservatives?

    Posted by: Chan | Oct 19, 2010 11:58:56 AM

  12. Actually, I just googled it, and although last night Cuomo said "The inequity in education is probably the civil rights issue of our time," just a few days earlier he said the same thing about gay marraige. So now I don't think it's so much a coded "message", but rather just plain messy doublespeak. Just saying what sounds good. Next mountaintop removal will be the civil rights issue of our time.

    Posted by: Chan | Oct 19, 2010 12:15:46 PM

  13. Chan... bad education does affect more people than gay marriage. I strongly believe that the better educated somebody is the more likely they are to support diversity, as well, so it is a win-win.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 19, 2010 12:48:25 PM

  14. Isn't the whole teabagger movement the "Taxes Are Too Damn High" party?

    Posted by: MadM@ | Oct 19, 2010 5:39:20 PM

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