New York‘s Tea Party-Republican candidate for governor, Carl Paladino is now trying to use gay rights against Andrew Cuomo, claiming his Democrat opponent was “all but invisible” when same-sex marriage was being discussed in the state legislature last year.
Paladino has launched new “Cuomo Land” attack ads against the New York Attorney General, using the popular kids’ game Candyland as a model, and promises to release a daily “Cuomo Land” attack, to “assure the facts are straight on what he says and what he does,” according to campaign manager Michael Caputo.
Last week, Paldino came under fire when he said he did not want his children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality” was an acceptable option, that homosexuality is “not the way God created us.”
Veteran Democratic operative Hank Sheinkopf called it a “bad choice of a first issue” for the “Cuomo Land” attacks. [New York Daily News]
“All it will do is reinforce the fact that he looked like a bigot last week,” Sheinkopf said.
Paladino also called gay pride parades “disgusting” and criticized Cuomo for marching in one with his daughters back in June.
A New York Times poll found that Cuomo has opened a big lead over Paladino, drawing 59 percent of likely voters to his Republican rival’s 24 percent.