Governor Paterson speaks out against Paladino
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor David Paterson blasts the man in the running to take over his office.
Paterson said Carl Paladino's comments about gays are tragic, unfortunate, and show a lack of leadership.
Paladino told a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders that he does not want children "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option."
The governor said it's not just what Paladino is saying, but what he is not saying about recent examples of homophobia.
Governor Paterson said, "Just this past week when three individuals were assaulted in the Bronx, brutally, Mr. Paladino only commented when he was asked. But two days went by in the interim and he didn't say a word. That's not leadership. There are plenty of Republicans who oppose same-sex marriage, but they spoke out on the violence, because more than anything else it was a crime, it was teenage violence, it was gang violence, and it was also a hate crime."
Paterson also responded to Paladino's criticism of Andrew Cuomo bringing his daughter to the gay pride parade. Paterson said he and his own daughter marched by Cuomo's side, and that neither father needs a "morality lecture from Mr. Paladino on how to run [their] families."