Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Paladino's latest apology


By GARY BAUMGARTEN

He's back with another apology.

Carl Paladino, the Tea Party-backed GOP candidate for governor in New York, who issued a mea culpa for forwarding offensive emails earlier in his campaign,  is now apologizing for the offensive remarks he made oer the weekend about gays.


When first confronted about his comments, he tried to turn it around, attacking his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, for allowing his children to attend a gay pride parade. Where, he maintained, people acted in a public manner inappropriate for the eyes of youngsters. The implication was that his remarks, in context, were an attempt to set a higher moral bar than that followed by Cuomo who, I guess, must be a bad parent for exposing his children to such despicable behavior.

His personal and religious views aside (he's also been maintaining that his remarks were influenced by his Catholic faith), Paladino has presented a demeanor unfitting for an office holder. He's "called out" Cuomo and a reporter whose coverage has placed Paladino in a less-than-flattering light.

As with every other state, New York faces a serious economic crisis. One that needs to be addressed with a calm steady hand on the helm. To continue the metaphor, as a sailor, were I to crew a boat whose skipper acted in such a bombastic manner, I would permanently abandon ship at the first port of call.

You don't want a guy in charge in a storm who is going to let his emotions put you and the boat at risk. That's Paladino. I'm not a gambler, but if I were, I'd put my money on the voters of New York - including the conservatives Paladino is courting - voting for Cuomo.

November 2nd can't come fast enough. The sooner this guy is out of the political limelight the better.

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