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The Trouble with Carl

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 09:01 AM

Karol Markowicz

How did Carl Paladino become the Republican candidate for Governor of New York? Guess #1 is that it's an anti-incumbent year and, as people had heard of Rick Lazio, he took on the incumbent stench. Guess #2? There is no guess #2 — just the lingering question and answer: could Republicans possibly have picked a more inept candidate? No. No, we could not.

For the record, I am not one of those Republicans who regularly bashes other Republicans to get my pat on the head from my liberal friends. It is, in fact, very rare that I break Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment and bash my own side. My feelings on Carl, that he is a loose cannon who is capable of serious damage to himself and the party, are unfortunate.

I wanted to like Carl Paladino. I read the stories of his forwarded kooky email "jokes" and thought, "eh, most men I know over 60 forward around inappropriate jokes. They're new to the internet and it's a dirty joke wonderland. I get it."

When he got into a verbal altercation with New York Post political reporter Fred Dicker I thought, "Who in the political world has not wanted to swing at Dicker? He's mean and can rile up the calmest of people. Give Carl the benefit of the doubt."

When the story emerged that he had fathered a daughter out of wedlock and then told his wife about it the week their son died because the son had apparently known the daughter and Carl wished to bring her to the funeral I thought..."Uhh, you're losing me here, Carl." But while I was disgusted by his life choices, his wife seemed to have more than forgiven him, so who was I to take his infidelities personally?

When he wouldn't stop commenting on Andrew Cuomo's alleged infidelities, I started to lose it. For one thing, Andrew Cuomo isn't married. Who cares if he cheated during a marriage that is over? And, as Carl obviously cheated and hid the resulting child, perhaps those who live in huge glass mansions shouldn't throw boulders.

But the latest Carl Paladino controversy involving his unintelligent comments on gay people is the last straw for me.

To be clear, my issue is not the statement he denies making, the one about gay people being dysfunctional. My problem is everything else he admits to saying. He doesn't dispute that he said kids get "brainwashed" into thinking homosexuality is a "valid or successful option." Putting aside the fact that there are few left who still can seriously believe homosexuality is a choice into which one can be "brainwashed", you know what isn't a valid or successful option? Cheating on your wife and fathering a child out of wedlock! Hiding behind his Catholicism is just weak, as clearly he's been picking and choosing which part of his faith he practices. Does the Catholic Church support heterosexual infidelity? Let me check. Oh, there it is — no, they don't. They don't consider that a valid or successful option.

Just like I don't consider Carl Paladino a valid option to be our next governor.

Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at http://www.alarmingnews.com and about life in the city with her husband and baby at http://www.212baby.comShe can be followed on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karolnyc

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Comments [65]

Becky

It sounds like you New Yorkers are just screwed no matter who wins. Why even bother to vote? It's already been decided for you - peasants.

Oct. 14 2010 11:57 AM
saphy from cold spring harbor, ny

Extremely well said - fair and on message. The candidate should take a lesson!

Oct. 13 2010 12:03 PM
Lummox JR

I might add that the notion of "sitting out" elections when you don't like the choices is a cop-out and it only hurts the principles you support. Come primaries and general election alike, pick the candidate from the top two whose views are most in line with yours on the most important issues, and vote. The most important issue by a mile in this election is the economy, and on this issue Paladino is guaranteed to outperform Cuomo. If the optimists are right, he'll actually do some good; we know Cuomo will make our problems twice as bad.

Seriously, you'd just drop the ball and let Cuomo win by default just because you don't like the fact that his opponent occasionally says something obnoxious? There's exactly one important issue, and only two candidates who stand any chance of winning; the one on the right side of that issue is the underdog. You do the math.

The only real alternative is to say that you think some other issue IS the major issue, not the economy or the closely related issues of New York's fiscal solvency and its hostility to business. Fine, maybe it's more important that your favored candidate prattle the right PC jargon about such and such a minority group. Or, maybe you think Cuomo's performance on the economy would be little different than Paladino's and therefore the primary issue isn't as relevant as another one. If neither of those is true, suck it up and cast the vote that can defeat Cuomo.

Oct. 13 2010 01:57 AM
Lummox JR

This is still New York. Voting for a third-party candidate is voting for Cuomo. Paladino may or may not be the tool and the fool he's been made out to be, but voting for him has a chance of keeping Cuomo out of office; voting for someone else does not. The primary is over.

Oct. 13 2010 01:24 AM
Karol from NYC

Liz and everyone, Carl sent out a statement today apologizing for his comments. Clearly, he realizes he said something wrong. Will you keep defending his comments now?

And no, I won't be voting for any Cuomo. It's a third-party or write-in vote for me: http://alarmingnews.com/2010/10/12/not-carl/

Oct. 12 2010 10:23 PM
happyfeet

I think he's really scummy and stupid too Karol but there's was never any danger of him winning. Not in NY. Maybe if he wanted to be Mayor of Buffalo that might be a nice job for a man of his talents.

Oct. 12 2010 09:44 PM
Liz from USA

So...you're voting for Cuomo?

Any other election cycle Carl would be considered too crazy to govern, but not this one. Anyone who speaks their mind to the American public and is not trying to destroy the country should win and win big. And I've seen those Gay Pride parades. Those people do not look well. I totally get where Carl is coming from on that - it's not kid stuff and it's not meant for public consumption.

Oct. 12 2010 09:30 PM
Ayesha from New York

Love me some Paladino. He is a good guy, and so much better than Cuomo... Lord help the state if Cuomo wins... at least Carl is a brilliant business man who will help save this great state!

You can vote your religion, sexuality or race but me I will vote for my childs future and support Carl Paladino

Oct. 12 2010 08:57 PM
Karol from NYC

Wow, 53 comments, nice! To quickly respond to some of the latest comments:

Beeji writes: "How long are we going to keep voting on criteria such as this?"

EXACTLY Beeji, why is Carl Paladino talking about his views on homosexuality when we're bankrupt?

Dennis writes: "So, Ms. Markowicz was willing to tolerate a lot from Mr. Paladino. But saying something negative about gays? Forget about it.

I'm not here to defend Paladino. He does seem to be a loose cannon."

I'm not willing to tolerate supporting a loose cannon. You said it yourself.

I loved getting called a RINO by Matt C. Please see my bio, worked for Republicans (always the most conservative Republican in the race) across the country. RINO this.

Oct. 12 2010 08:05 PM
Craig from Cattaraugus County

Paladino *is* a loose cannon.

That said, his comments on gays are no different from what any father might who's concerned about the welfare of his own children. I'm gay, myself, and I can understand Carl's shock at seeing the gay pride parade in Toronto. Too many gay men live their lives around sex -- it isn't healthy.

The NYC press has done a wonderful job of magnifying Paladino's faults and I'll be surprised if he comes close to winning. I'll vote for him, though, because he's the only chance we've had in decades of changing the culture of Albany. Cuomo will simply prolong our agony.

Oct. 12 2010 08:04 PM
don from Arizona

So he has some outdated notions about Gays... will that be an issue as NY floats off into the bowels of stupid?

Jesus, what we hang our hats on for voting these days. Waiting for the politically correct 'knight on a multicolored horse' is great if you are not living rationally...

Andrew Cuomo?

He doesn't have any bad ideas? Or is it that he just LIES and tells you what you want to hear.

I am OVER the elitist bunk.

You want Cuomo, Rino lady... go vote for him.

The McCain haters gave us this loathesome fool who has nearly destroyed the country in 18 months. Worked out great for them, eh?

Oct. 12 2010 08:04 PM
don from Arizona

So he has some outdated notions about Gays... will that be an issue as NY floats off into the bowels of stupid?

Jesus, what we hang our hats on for voting these days. Waiting for the politically correct 'knight on a multicolored horse' is great if you are not living rationally...

Andrew Cuomo?

He doesn't have any bad ideas? Or is it that he just LIES and tells you what you want to hear.

I am OVER the elitist bunk.

You want Cuomo, Rino lady... go vote for him.

The McCain haters gave us this loathesome fool who has nearly destroyed the country in 18 months. Worked out great for them, eh?

Oct. 12 2010 08:04 PM
percyblakeney from new york

No matter what Paladino says or does there is a response--Cuomo!

I'm voting for Paladino. Cuomo is a liar, blithering idiot, liberal, economic illiterate, father of the sub prime mess, Mario's hatchet-man enforcer, called by Spitzer the nastiest dirtiest politician around (it takes one to know one). I have bags packed but don't really want to move. Cuomo is the last straw.

Vote for Paladino...not the signorino!

Oct. 12 2010 07:25 PM
Beeji

<i>Just like I don't consider Carl Paladino a valid option to be our next governor.</i>

Because of his views on homosexuality?

How long are we going to keep voting on criteria such as this?

I don't think I exaggerate when I say we are in danger of losing our Republic. Right now. How long can we keep the letting the left persuade us to keep voting against anyone the left can uncover (or make up) some distasteful or comment, event or position that has little or nothing to do with the way they would govern. The left votes according to ideology and they don't ANYTHING dissuade them from that. Unfortunately they've trained us to look at anything but the issues.

What exactly could a governor alone do to strip gay folks of their rights? Do you think your liberal legislators would send any such bill for his signature.

Oct. 12 2010 07:25 PM
Dennis_F from Toronto

So, Ms. Markowicz was willing to tolerate a lot from Mr. Paladino. But saying something negative about gays? Forget about it.

I'm not here to defend Paladino. He does seem to be a loose cannon. And, yes, he does appear to pick and choose when to be Catholic.

But it does seem interesting to me how politically correct support for homosexuality has become. Mind you, there is no clinical explanation for it. We don't know what it is, or why it happens. But, for some reason, we're all supposed to accept it, and leave it at that. Again, interesting.

http://secondthots.blogspot.com/

Oct. 12 2010 06:52 PM
AliceL. from Queens, NY

I am voting for Carl. Spoke the Status Cuomo. Andrew will be the pet rock of Sheldon Silver. He also supports partial birth abortion and abortion on demand as well as gay marriage. Most Americans believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Cuomo will be another Eliot Spitzer.

Oct. 12 2010 06:33 PM
Bobbo

While there may be a genetic cause for homosexual behavior (as of yet undiscovered), what is beyond dispute is that people "experiment" - women much more than men (even "Queer Theory" acknowledges the "fluidity" of sexuality). What is beyond dispute is that in societies where homosexuality is sanctioned, it flourishes. So, the fact that you've fallen hook, line and sinker into "homosexuality is not a choice" shows that you can't be honest with regards to this subject matter - your ideology blinds you. Just like there may be a genetic cause for some obesity, the notion that all (or most) obesity is genetically caused, versus manifested by individual choice, is equally absurd. Behavioral choices can become ingrained (habit) and may seem hard-wired, but they most certainly are not. Thus, "choice", while not the only motivator, is certainly a real one when it comes to homosexual behavior. Mr. Paladino's comments are hurtful, disrespectful and inartful - but, not because they deny an exclusively "hard-wired" basis for homosexual behavior.

Oct. 12 2010 06:31 PM
jkstewart2

The choice is between Paladino and Cuomo. Unless Paladino is caught taking bribes or found to be a closet liberal, then he is a better choice than Cuomo. The state of New York is a crisis waiting to be a disaster. Having another Cuomo, who is twice as stupid as his father, would be truly devastating....but hey, he would be gay friendly...

Oct. 12 2010 06:17 PM
TeaPartyIsAJoke

What a complete joke. Paladino seems to represent the dirty underbelly that is the Tea Party; the side that is racist, homophobic, and aimlessly angry. It's actually great political theatre to watch the GOP throw this guy under the bus.

Oct. 12 2010 05:50 PM
Cj from NY

Anyone who votes for Cuomo will accelerate the Death of NY. Carl my not be perfect, but He's go more potential to fix this state that his Royal Highness who has done nothing but perpetuate his Fraudulent career.

Cuomo has created nothing but chaos while wielding a big stick and nobody in the Media or anywhere else is willing to cross him because of his Mob type tactics. And no this is not about his ethnicity.. just his acts...

Oct. 12 2010 05:32 PM
Paul B. from NY

But he's not Andrew Cuomo, or a Dem. That means I vote for him.

Oct. 12 2010 05:25 PM
Cuomo Voter from Brooklyn

His personal life is a trainwreck. He's a bigot who makes no bones about it. Plus, he's a sleazy developer who personifies everything I hate about the Bloomberg administration.

Oct. 12 2010 05:17 PM
D.L.McNamara from Staten Island

I disagree with Paladino on abortion, gays and probably many other issues. I agree with Paladino on the need to reduce the size and scope of government. This election is all about the economy and Cuomo whose policies played a major role in starting off the housing collapse is a disaster in waiting. VOTE PALADINO.

Oct. 12 2010 05:17 PM
Sue from Grand Island

Living in WNY where Carl is from, I can tell you that this man has done more for inner city children than Cuomo and all the libs put together, with HIS OWN money - not that which he has taken (taxed) from others. Yes, he actually helps minorities of his own free will and doesn't run around spouting off about it. He is no bigot. Only those who refuse to look further than what the news reports would believe that. He speaks his mind which sometimes, well, usually, seems to be too rough for most people, but so what? His resume is what we should be evaluating. He came from nothing and built himself into a successful businessman in this wretchedly unfriendly to business state. He made a bad choice in his private life, took/takes responsibility, made amends with his family and protects his daughter rather than hiding her like a politician would likely do. He asked valid questions of reporters-'why are you stalking my daughter?'; why are you asking me about affairs but nobody is asking Andrew any questions like that?' I don't care what he says, I care about what he does. He understands that so many different areas of our government need to be reformed. Cuomo says he does, but it's funny, he has been a tax & spend lib his entire public life but NOW, when he sees the tide turning against that, he is running on fiscally conservative platform. HA! How insincere! At least Carl says what he believes unlike the polished, lying politicians. If you don't vote for Paladino, then you must like NYS & your taxes the way they are. I do not and Carl is the only one who has the stones to change it.

Oct. 12 2010 05:11 PM
Ed Unneland

There's always the Libertarian candidate, Warren Redlich.

Oct. 12 2010 05:06 PM
Peg C. from Hudson Valley

He's far from perfect. You prefer Cuomo?? I do not! I'm still voting for Carl because the alternative is unacceptable.

Oct. 12 2010 05:05 PM
JTG from Cutchogue, NY

I must say that for a long time we have needed to get past the gotcha politics and concern ourselves with the issues.

Will Paladino be a better governer then Cuomo. For me the answer is yes. The main reason being he will not have an issue with shutting down Albani. Bringing the regulation machine to a stand still would be a great thing to see. I could care less that he is not perfect who amonst us is. No way would any self respecting conservative vote for Andrew Cuomo. Would be great to have a great comunicating hardcore conservative run in New York but gotta dance with the one that brung yah.

Oct. 12 2010 04:58 PM
beans 1945

info@paladinoforthepeople.com
(A Letter You Must Read)

All you New York voters should be so thankful a man like Carl Paladino is willing to save your god-forsaken state! You already know what to expect from Cuomo. Vote for Carl, sit back and watch him do his thing. I guarantee he will do more good, by far, than harm. He is for real! Give a real man a chance!

Oct. 12 2010 04:53 PM
SgtRed from Texas

Some of the very reasons you have chosen not to support him include the reasons I see him as one of the people.
When politicians say all the right things you know they are lying. That can be proven by what Barack Obama said before the election.
I prefer a man that says what he really does think even if it irks some of us off sometimes.
If I were in his area I would vote for Paladino.

Oct. 12 2010 04:47 PM
MattC from NY

the author, Karol Markowicz, is obviously a RINO. Good riddance. Go embrace your hero Cuomo - watch your taxes keep going up as jobs flee, and homeowners enter foreclosure.

Oct. 12 2010 04:33 PM
Kendra from brooklyn/denver

I agree with ronslb fro Arlington: Also, Karol, until I posted, which didn't post, you had no support. If homosexuality is "acceptable," then so is gay marriage. So, is, then, social security paying out on gay spouses, when there isn't enough now. So, then it is also acceptable to mandate that every gay state worker, in a state on the verg, with a gay spouse, to be covered on the state health care (great and costly insurance), pensions and other benefits. We simply cannot afford it.

Oct. 12 2010 04:29 PM
Kendra from Brooklyn/Denver

I agree with ronslb fro Arlington: Also, Karol, until I posted, which didn't post, you had no support. If homosexuality is "acceptable," then so is gay marriage. So, is, then, social security paying out on gay spouses, when there isn't enough now. So, then it is also acceptable to mandate that every gay state worker, in a state on the verg, with a gay spouse, to be covered on the state health care (great and costly insurance), pensions and other benefits. We simply cannot afford it.

Oct. 12 2010 04:28 PM
PD Quig from CA

Sounds like NY is about to do what I fear CA is...elect yet another hack / retread pol. Could you really do worse than Cuomo? What's the worst thing that could happen? talk about upside surprise potential, Carl is your man.

Oct. 12 2010 04:11 PM
Becky from San Diego

Jose G. from Phoenix nails it: Which candidate would be better for New York?

The guy does sound like an a@@. From what you have written I don't like him either. But we have bigger problems right now than abortion or gay rights. MUCH bigger problems.

All you talked about was petty stuff that isn't going to create jobs or deal with unfunded pension plans or excess taxation.

Maybe you are gay, in which case I can understand your passion. But unless you can explain why Cumo is a BETTER choice for New York, you are just ranting.

Oct. 12 2010 03:58 PM
802mrbill

Nicely written.

Carl is nature's way of making sure any one party doesn't become too dominant.

Oct. 12 2010 03:49 PM
Park Slope Pubby from Brooklyn ny

Are you nuts? If Cuomo wins, he will be totally beholden to the unions that have already destroyed NYS. Nothing could be worse for this state, which is already on its last legs. Whatever Carl's faults, they pale compared to Andrew's politics. I can't wait to vote for Carl.

Oct. 12 2010 03:44 PM
Don

Guess #2

Science fiction has to make sense-

Reality doesn't

Oct. 12 2010 03:38 PM
VOTEthemOUT from Brooklyn

Anyone who claims to be libertarian and will then cast a vote for Prince Andrew, is NOT a libertarian! Paladino will cut, and cut, and cut! And if the Legislature won't pass the budget he puts forth, shut down Albany! That would probably be better for the tax-paying citizens of NY, of which I am one!

Oct. 12 2010 03:37 PM

Ms. Markowicz:

We share a common perspective about Mr. Palidino - I won't be voting for him either.

As I have pointed out before, threatening to use governmental power (e.g., eminent domain) in ways it was never intended to be used (e.g., blocking the islamist arc de' triomph in lower manhattan) is not a political position I care to support.

He is not a principled candidate.

Not because he has a loutish sense of humor or lacks the "cojones" to break the chain of apparent approval for tastelessness that he claims he was exposed to through no fault of his own,

Not because he has incurred the professionally hateful opprobrium of the LGBT lobby and its "poodle" politicians - politicians whose positions are seldom distinguishable from Palidino's.

Of course, I don't find Andrew Cuomo to be anymore attractive as a candidate to address the problems our state faces
( http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-08-05/news/how-andrew-cuomo-gave-birth-to-the-crisis-at-fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac/ )

Oct. 12 2010 03:29 PM
Shawn from Seattle

You openly admit you are not an honest person with this: It is, in fact, very rare that I break Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment and bash my own side.

Why should ANYONE trust ANYTHING you ever say?

Oct. 12 2010 03:24 PM
Peter Sarafin from New York City

Mr. Paladino is running for Governor of NY State. With that, his task is to be the executive officer of a diverse state of different ethnicities, religious views, and sexual orientations.
Every group has their say, their right to exist, and the tricky job of coexisting. The job title Mr. Paladio is vying to acquire does not request or require him to impose his "morality" on the taxpayers of the state. What it does require is a leader to expedite the elected legislation and the population of the state in getting along in a legal, humanistic, and fiscally realistic manner.
I don't give a rat's a** if he is catholic. What I do care about is what I have seen of him thus far, he is an a** hole.
As a libertarian, it pains me so, but I will be voting for the democratic candidate this time around.

Oct. 12 2010 03:20 PM
Jim O'Sullivan from New York

My sentiments exactly. It's a shame. In this political environment, Cuomo would have been vulnerable on the issues if he had to face solid conservative.

Oct. 12 2010 03:16 PM
Peter Sarafin from New York City

Mr. Paladino is running for Governor of NY State. With that, his task is to be the executive officer of a diverse state of different ethnicities, religious views, and sexual orientations.
Every group has their say, their right to exist, and the tricky job of coexisting. The job title Mr. Paladio is vying to acquire does not request or require him to impose his "morality" on the taxpayers of the state. What it does require is a leader to expedite the elected legislation and the population of the state in getting along in a legal, humanistic, and fiscally realistic manner.
I don't give a rat's a** if he is catholic. What I do care about is what I have seen of him thus far, he is an a** hole.
As a libertarian, it pains me so, but I will be voting for the democratic candidate this time around.

Oct. 12 2010 03:16 PM
JimmyT

Karol,
You should have maintained the 11th commandant. Carl did NOT say they were trying to "brainwash" children into homosexuality. He said children should NOT be "brainwashed" into believing homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle. AND, as a new parent, you should understand the inclination to protect your child from attacks. I'm not from NY, but if I were, I would vote for Carl in a New York minute. He may be bombbastic and he may bring Albany to a stand still, but, as long as they're at a stand still they can't pass new regulations. You don't have to love your candidate to vote for them if you agree with 80% of what they believe. If I were in your position, I would be voting for the future of my child more so than whether I liked the candidate. IMHO

Oct. 12 2010 03:11 PM
paulejb from New York

Carl Paladino is worse than a loose cannon. A lose cannon doesn't have any choice while Carl manages to mangle every single choice that comes before him. Why is he even bringing up gays when New York State is in the process of disenfranchising military personnel overseas by not mailing out absentee ballots as prescribed by law?

Oct. 12 2010 03:01 PM
sestamibi

I am a native NYer with property upstate. I am tempted to register there just so I could vote for Carl, who is a breath of fresh air in a rather stultifying atmosphere when it comes to what is permissible in discussion of gay issues. However, as a resident of Nevada my concern here is far more pressing: how to dispose of both Reid pere and fils from the political scene.

Oct. 12 2010 02:59 PM
Daniel K from Columbia SC

I love how certain the writer is about the status of homosexuality regarding whether it is a choice or genetically determined. She's clearly well versed in the literature on the subject. Or maybe she's just saying what's popular. You decide,
Daniel

Oct. 12 2010 02:58 PM
Jose G. from Phoenix, AZ

I have one question:

Which candidate would be better for New York?

Oct. 12 2010 02:53 PM
Art from NY

As a NYer that is no big fan of Paladino, and who voted for Lazio in the primary, I'm sure that there are many here in NY that would agree with Paladino that the schools here have become pro-homosexual propaganda machines

Oct. 12 2010 02:52 PM
kendra

I agree with roslb from Arlington. Karol, you only have one supporter out there. As for Carl, so what? If homosexuality is a proper lifestyle, then it gets codified. They get married -- and, their spouses can collect the social security in addition to their own. More clerks are hired for the extra licenses -- which, at about $30 - $50 per don't cover the cost. Then, there is the pension and healthcare for state workers who are now suddenly covered as gay spouses. We simply cannot afford it. Carl is right. And, if it not "acceptable" the state doesn't have to finance it.

Oct. 12 2010 02:51 PM
tim maguire from Brooklyn

He strikes me as a more bombastic Mike Bloomberg. He's a successful businessman who clearly knows how to get things done, but every time he opens his mouth...oh my, the things that come out.

I'd love to vote straight anti-incumbent, but I don't think I can vote for him. We need someone who can clean up the cesspool of Albany. Cuomo's probably not the guy to do it, but Paladino would more likely paralyze government than fix it and, as you say, set back any chances the Republican Party has of resurrecting itself in New York.

Oct. 12 2010 02:50 PM
tim maguire from Brooklyn

He strikes me as a more bombastic Mike Bloomberg. He's a successful businessman who clearly knows how to get things done, but every time he opens his mouth...oh my, the things that come out.

I'd love to vote straight anti-incumbent, but I don't think I can vote for him. We need someone who can clean up the cesspool of Albany. Cuomo's probably not the guy to do it, but Paladino would more likely paralyze government than fix it and, as you say, set back any chances the Republican Party has of resurrecting itself in New York.

Oct. 12 2010 02:49 PM
Dan King from Ulster county

Carl supports free markets and a smaller welfare state. Cuomo doesn't. End of story - Carl has my vote.

Having said that, I didn't vote for him in the primary because I thought he was a nitwit. He IS a nitwit, but my nitwit is better than the Democrat's intellectual.

Oct. 12 2010 02:43 PM
ronlsb from Arlington, Tx

Nobody would not say that Mr. Paladino committed a sin by fathering a child out of wedlock, and I'm sure he would agree to that as well and has hopefully genuinely repented of that transgression. All that aside, what he said concerning homosexuality is essentially valid. It, like adultery, is a sin. Our children should not be taught that it is an acceptable lifestyle any more than they should be taught that adultery is acceptable. Despite his politically incorrect statement on the issue, as a Christian the most hateful thing one can do to the adulterer or homosexual is validate his lifestyle choices that are in direct contradiction to what God teaches on those issues by ignoring their sinfulness. The most loving thing one can do is to humbly confront the sinner with the reality of his transgression. The principal difference between the adulterer and homosexual, in general, is that the adulterer will admit what he has done is wrong, whereas the homosexual refuses to even acknowledge that his actions are sinful. And sadly, where there is no repentance for sinful actions, there can also be no forgiveness by God.

Oct. 12 2010 02:33 PM
Ken SD from San Diego

Carl may not be the ideal candidate, but Cuomo will do more damage to New York. Cuomo really screwed up the (national) real estate market, and put ten's of thousands of appraisers out of work with the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) that he pushed. The HVCC was a typical wrong-headed big government move that is an indication of what's to come if Cuomo is elected. Give me Paladino any day!

Oct. 12 2010 02:32 PM
Gunga

There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Karol. You are far too young to remember exactly how homosexuality stopped being considered a disease, but if you were to take a moment and look into it, you'd find that the process was entirely political to the exclusion of good science. There is exactly zero evidence that there is any genetic basis for homosexuality and tons of evidence to the contrary. The evolutionary implications alone make the argument laughable...not that there's anything wrong with that!

Oct. 12 2010 02:30 PM
rlogo from NJ

Yes I think he is a loose cannon and a a bit nutty. My wife hears dirty jokes from an 80 yr old big donor to her fundraising org. He thinks "googling" is a dirty word. But the whole alternative lifestyle maybe needs to be re-discussed. Kids are being brainwashed, or use a milder term if you must, that homosexuality is normal. Yes, you can say you are born one way or the other, but that's up for debate still in my opinion. Sorry for being niave and old fashioned...Go ahead and ask parents everywhere whether they would want their child to turn out hetero or the other.....be honest now

Oct. 12 2010 02:25 PM
Lummox JR

Honestly, even if Paladino isn't a great candidate I can't bring myself to care. My list of who I wouldn't vote for to keep another Cuomo out of the governor's mansion (or out of office period) is very, very short. Carl would have to clear a pretty high bar just to get within spitting distance of that list. The state has yet to recover from the damage Mario Cuomo did to it, if it even ever does. While no one in their right mind would exempt the state legislature from a hefty share of the blame for the state's woes, Andrew Cuomo will make Paterson look like a genius.

Oct. 12 2010 02:20 PM
DirtCrashr from Silicon Valley

Who is he to say that being Gay isn't a "valid or successful option" - ?? Didn't he hear Anne Coulter comment at Homocon on how gays are the “highest income demographic?” All the ones I know happen to be pretty damn well-off, and they're not all Left-wing, even out here on the West Coast.

Oct. 12 2010 02:16 PM
John

Actually, this is a no-lose situation for the Tea Party. If Paladino wins and keeps another socialist / big union crony out of Albany, good.

If he loses, it's a good spanking given to the Republican Party for nominating a RINO with Rick Lazio.

For us in the Tea Party, hurting the entrenched Big Government Republican establishment is as much a goal as is defeating the Democrat socialists.

So, GOP, shape up or lose. We don't care.

Oct. 12 2010 02:05 PM
Paulson from Westchester

I like Carl Paladino. He speaks his mind, he's unfiltered and he's real. For my vote, he beats wishy-washy say-nothing polilicos. Breath of fresh air!

Oct. 12 2010 01:28 PM
Mimi from Round Lake, N.Y.

The Media is making Paladino famous. He's got more mic's shoved at him, than FDR in old news reels. It is not just state-wide , but nation-wide. All this since the " DICKER-ATTACK". Their all looking for GOTCHA'S. He is sure getting face time, and slips in his views all on their NICKEL! It's a RIOT, what a SHOW!!! All this while ANDREW is invisable and will have to get CRAZY to get some attention. I think he'still in HIDING!!...Carl is right on the issues, saying it like it is, BLUNT and HONEST. The ELITE are saying....." Never seen this chaos..Shame, shame, naughty!" Tell me where did all this PROPERNESS get us before??? Sweet-talking corruption, fiscally broke, walk outs on and on!!!

Oct. 12 2010 12:46 PM
Karol from NYC

"What about the damage to the state of New York?"

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say he was never going to be our next governor.

Oct. 12 2010 12:02 PM
Tony61

"... loose cannon who is capable of serious damage to himself and the party, are unfortunate."

What about the damage to the state of New York?

Oct. 12 2010 11:40 AM
NealnNYC from Manhattan

It's been obvious for a while that Carl is a bigot. Now I think he's a weasel for not defending his comments.

If there wasn't so much at stake it might be fun for him to be governor, just to see how long he lasts.

Oct. 12 2010 11:39 AM

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