It's whats gotten lost in this recent theater over his supposed "anti-gay" comments the other day. What with New York state politics being in a state of total disarray for the last few years, thanks to corrupt Democrats from Eliot Spitzer to Charles Rangel to Alan Hevesi to the Democrat-controlled Congress that has shut government down numerous times, Carl Paladino was given a clear path to step in and use his pulpit as reformer promising to bring about major change. But no, instead he's screwed himself and any chance of winning the governor's race with a temper that he can't seem to control and bold, powerful statements that he ends up running away from because he can't handle the heat.
When Paladino spoke out about the Left's attempts to "brainwash" kids into normalizing homosexuality he was speaking from his heart and to his conservative base. Of course the gay lobby and all their minions in the press were going to try to twist his words and attempt to smear him, it's what they do all the time. But Paladino could've (and should've) withstood the storm and exposed the smear merchants for who they are--partisan scum who continue to turn a blind eye to how much damage Democrats have done to the state of New York lately.
Then too, most Americans don't care about what people want to do in the privacy of their homes. Most Americans are against bigotry of any kind. It's just that there's an overbearing minority in this country that doesn't care about morals or values, that try to falsify or ignore gender differences, that want to recognize and give public benefits to people that have made an alternative lifestyle choice all the while corrupting and confusing our children. That's what Carl Paladino was speaking to when he made that statement about gays, but now Paladino looks like a fool for allowing the Left to not only backtrack from his speech, but apologize for it and change the message from the issues that are really concerning New Yorkers. Paladino has every right to speak his mind and cater to his base, but if he can't handle the backlash that comes with speaking on social issues then he should keep his mouth shit on them and concentrate on a party that has long taken its supporters for granted, has used gov't for their own selfish needs, done little to nothing about unemployment and turned our state into a laughingstock. Yet the idiot that is Carl Paladino can't even do that right, despite the road being laid out just for him.