Paladino facing Republican backlash

October 12, 2010 3:17:38 PM PDT
George Pataki is considered a good Republican, but he's just about had enough with his party's nominee for the office he once held.

New video surfaced on Tuesday of Carl Paladino dropping the f-bomb when asked about the possibility of holding terrorism trials in New York City.

That's on top of him almost coming to a fist-fight with a reporter.

He's talks about his Democratic opponent's sex drive, and insults Andrew Cuomo's manhood.

But this weekend's derogatory comments about gays were enough.

For the first time, former Governor Pataki is ripping his fellow Republican.

"Well, I'm troubled by the whole nature of the campaign. Certainly, what he said about gays doesn't represent what New York is or should be. And the fact that it's been largely a personal campaign as opposed to an issues campaign is a disservice to the people of this state," he said.

Also, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called on Paladino to apologize.

Dan Donovan, the Republican nominee for attorney general, called Paladino's statements offensive.

Paladino's former opponent in the Republican primary said "attacks on sexual orientation are both counter-productive and an embarrassment."

"What he said was outrageous and is very troubling," Pataki said.

Paladino, who campaigned in New Paltz and Kingston today tried to steer clear of all the controversy. He's up with a tv ad, finally, where he talks about his plan to save New York.

"I'll cut taxes by 10% and cut state spending by 20 percent," he declares in the ad.

But today Paladino was tracked by a handful of protesters. Perhaps he should have known he'd face trouble in gay-friendly New Paltz.

"And I did not feel it could go without note. And I felt I had to come and protest this today," protester Tim Hunter said.

Reporters also tried to ask Paladino about all his problems, but the Republican nominee tried to stay on message. Late today, Paladino issued a statement apologizing for his recent remarks. You can read that statement below.

I am Carl Paladino, a father, a husband, a builder and a business owner. I am neither perfect, nor a career politician. I have made mistakes in this campaign - I have made mistakes all my life- as we all have. I am what I am - a simple man who works hard, trusts others, and loves his family and fears for the future of our State.

Yesterday I was handed a script. I redacted some contents that were unacceptable. I did also say some things for which I should have chosen better words. I said other things that the press misinterpreted and misstated. I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the Gay and Lesbian Community or their family members. Any reference to branding an entire community based on a small representation of them is wrong. My personal beliefs are:

1) I am a live and let live person.

2) I am 100% against discrimination of any group. I oppose discrimination of any kind in housing, credit, insurance benefits or visitation.

3) I am 100% against hate crimes in any form.

4) I am in support of civil agreements and equal rights for all citizens.

5) My position on marriage is based on my personal views. I have the same position on this issue as President Barrack Obama. I have previously stated I would support a referendum by New York voters. I have proposed Initiative and Referendum so New Yorkers can decide important issues like this.

6) The portrayal of me as anti-gay is inconsistent with my lifelong beliefs and actions and my prior history as an father, employer and friend to many in the gay and lesbian community.

I am concerned with the future for all our citizens, gay, straight, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim and Agnostic. Although I am not perfect I do admit my mistakes. I will reach out to leaders of the gay community to educate me on how to better represent my support for the rights of all citizens. If elected as your governor I will stand and fight for all gay New Yorkers rights. I ask you for forgiveness on my poorly chosen words and the publication by others not involved with our campaign of unredacted script that did not reflect my oral statement or match my personal feelings. Please go to my website to learn more detail about the issues including my staunch support for civil rights for all New Yorkers.