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Carl Paladino Blames Anti-Gay Speech on Jew

Yesterday, New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino began his attempt to back-peddle from a speech laced with anti-gay rhetoric, saying that he didn’t even write what he read to a crowd full of Hasidim. According to the New York Times, … Read More

By / October 12, 2010

Yesterday, New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino began his attempt to back-peddle from a speech laced with anti-gay rhetoric, saying that he didn’t even write what he read to a crowd full of Hasidim. According to the New York Times, Brooklyn Rabbi Yehuda Levin had a hand in two speeches that seemed to do far worse damage than Paladino probably could have imagined:

Mr. Levin said he had written one of the speeches and contributed to the second, in which Mr. Paladino warned against brainwashing children into accepting homosexuality.

“I did not write the second speech,” Mr. Levin said. “However, I did have some input into it – and I stand ready to defend the content of it.”

What’s worse, the fact that a candidate admitted he didn’t write, or presumably even look over a speech he was to give, or that the speech he gave was blatantly anti-gay?  I’d be willing to say both are equally as damaging to Paladino’s already questionable reputation.  Also, as Mediate points out, saying ‘the Rabbi made me do it’ doesn’t really help at all.  Certainly if you consider the fact that Paladino’s opponent, Andrew Cuomo, has been backed by several prominent rabbis in the New York Jewish community.  This probably won’t help Carl get much more backing.

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