Well, let’s look at the bright side, at least the GOP nominee for Governor of the Empire State thought better of calling gays dysfunctional:
Katzblog tweets that this line was in the prepared text, although Epstein tweets it was left out when he spoke: “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. that is not how G-d created us.”
Guess he thought it remind his audience of his campaign. According to the New York Post, “When Paladino saw those lines, he disagreed with them and left them out of the speech, [Paladino campaign manager Michael] Caputo said.”
Apparently, some errant staffer wrote them. What kind of candidate in New York State brings on a staffer who would write such a thing? Certainly, not someone familiar with winning elections? There were some other loopy lines that the candidate did deliver.
In various “red” states, most (but alas not all) Republican candidates are pretty much ignoring gay issues (save to say they support traditional marriage), so what purpose does it serve for a candidate in a “blue” state to talk about it on the campaign trail? Well, it does antagonize those fiscally conservative voters in the suburbs who, last fall, voted Republican in local elections.
As the rest of the nation trends Republican, looks like Carl Paladino is doing everything in his power to create a bright spot for the president’s party.
UPDATE: Palladino tries to explain himself.
FROM THE COMMENTS: rusty reports that it wasn’t a staffer who wrote the remarks:
Rabbi Levin has admitted to creating Crazy Carl’s speech.
The remarks read in Borough Park by Paladino, who often speaks without prepared text, were written by Rabbi Yehuda Levin, an ardent opponent of gay rights and abortion and occasional New York political candidate, Rabbi Levin told The Jewish Week.
UP-UPDATE: Ace thinks the above exonerates Palladino:
So, does this explanation get Paladino off the hook? Answer: Yes. I don’t get this whole business of delegating campaign communications to outside parties he hopes to court — and I hope he abandons this bizarre experiment with outsourcing forthwith — but assuming he’s telling the truth, and it does appear confirmed he is, then he had nothing to do with this statement, except hold a piece of paper containing it in his hand.