Not to be outdone by his own foot-in-mouth disease, Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino once again alienated voters with his outrageous remarks. This time, however, members of his own party are starting to step away from their nominee.
In an obvious bid for right-wing Jewish votes, Palladino aligned himself with Orthodox leader Rabbi Yehuda Levin on Sunday and made contentious remarks about gays and same-sex marriage. In his prepared remarks, Paladino said that he did not want children “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality is an acceptable alternative to heterosexual marriage.
These remarks were immediately met with a firestorm of criticism from Democrats, but more importantly, from Paladino’s own party. Apparently enough is enough, even for the predominently conservative Republican party. They now see a loser who can’t keep his mouth shut long enough to win the election.
Paladino’s campaign has been one long rant and rave with various targets and topics. Not among his tirades, however, has been discussion of any substance affecting the concerns and real lives of the average voter. Paladino seems to have a knack of focusing on exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time, leading to members of his own party distancing themselves from this “loose cannon”.
Paladino beat Rick Lazio in the primary last month. At the time, GOP party members believed they had a more viable candidate with Paladino. Lazio had been away from public service for quite some time and just didn’t have the backing and money to continue.
What is happening now, by all accounts, is that Republicans are experiencing some “buyer’s remorse” in selecting the very outspoken, rough-around-the-edges Paladino. He is now being seen as just too angry to be governor and as not having the temperament to do the job.
His latest gay-bashing comments only confirm what many believe: that Paladino has a unique talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, in the wrong way.