From The New York Daily News -- October 12, 2010:
Tea Party hero Carl Paladino rages against 'disgusting' gay pride parades
BY ADAM LISBERG, EDGAR SANDOVAL AND KENNETH LOVETT
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Buffalo bomb-thrower Carl Paladino branded gay pride parades "disgusting" on Monday - and took a shot at rival Andrew Cuomo for bringing his daughters to one.
The Tea Party blowhard insisted he has nothing against homosexuals, he just doesn't want himself or children exposed to their culture.
He said he was appalled by having seen Toronto gay pride parade marchers wearing "little Speedos and they grind against each other."
"I think it's disgusting," he told NBC's "Today" show.
He hammered Cuomo for bringing his teenage daughters to a gay pride parade earlier this year.
"Is that normal?" he asked on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I don't think it's proper for them to go there.
"Any father who would take his children to such things is not really thinking of the fatherly perspective and is more interested in politics."
Cuomo, marching well ahead of Paladino in the Columbus Day Parade, dismissed the comments as "reckless," "divisive" and "cynical."
"He's probably the last person I'll take advice from on how to raise my daughters," said Cuomo, who last week hired Erik Botcher from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's staff to handle outreach to the gay community.
Cuomo is pushing to enact gay marriage in New York, while Paladino staunchly opposes it.
Paladino was still stinging from the scorching he took after telling a group of rabbis in Borough Park Sunday that being gay is "not the example that we should be showing our children."
In rejecting gay marriage, he told the rabbis he doesn't want children "brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option - it isn't."
To tamp down claims of homophobia, Paladino made the rounds on morning TV talk shows to plead his case.
"I have, unequivocally, have absolutely no reservations whatsoever about homosexuality," he told Fox News. "I know the difficulties that homosexuals suffer."
He called "absolutely despicable" the recent attacks in the Bronx by nine gang members on a gay man and two gay 17-year-olds.
The millionaire businessman said his nephew is gay - and that he'd actively hire gays for his administration if elected governor.
Asked if he believes being gay is a choice, Paladino admitted, "I've had difficulty with that . . . . My nephew tells me he didn't have that choice."
Paladino's nephew, campaign aide Jeff Hannon, did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily News.
As he marched in the Columbus Day Parade, Paladino waved at supporters - and endured some boos.
He handed lollipops to kids and stopped to greet Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
Paladino was smacked around for his homosexual tirade by gay rights groups and Democrats participating in the parade - and he later took a few shots from fellow Republicans.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking in California, called Paladino's rants "highly offensive" and called on him to apologize, Politico.com reported.
The GOP's attorney general candidate, Dan Donovan, and controller hopeful, Harry Wilson, sharply criticized Paladino's statements on homosexuality.
Apprised of their broadsides, Paladino huffed, "So what?"
State Sen. Tom Duane, a Manhattan Democrat and the only openly gay senator, said Paladino - who has a 10-year-old love child from an extramarital affair - is the last person who should be lecturing on morals.
"I don't think someone who is living a polygamist lifestyle should be the arbiter of what makes a family," Duane said.