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Tea Party Hero Carl Paladino Rages Against ‘Disgusting’ Gay Pride Parades

This is pretty much what you can expect from the U.S. Government if Tea Party activists achieve notable gains in the coming election. Gays will hardly be the only targets. Next in line are Pagans, Muslims, Jews and even African-Americans. This is how it begins.

New York gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino put his foot in it on Monday when he branded gay pride parades “disgusting” – and took a shot at rival Andrew Cuomo for bringing his daughters to one. The Tea Party blowhard insisted he has nothing against homosexuals, but he just doesn’t want himself or children exposed to their culture.

He hammered Cuomo for bringing his teenage daughters to a gay pride parade earlier this year.

“Is that normal?” he asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I don’t think it’s proper for them to go there. Any father who would take his children to such things is not really thinking of the fatherly perspective and is more interested in politics.”

Cuomo, marching well ahead of Paladino in the Columbus Day Parade, dismissed the comments as “reckless,” “divisive” and “cynical.”

Paladino was still stinging from the scorching he took after telling a group of rabbis in Borough Park Sunday that being gay is “not the example that we should be showing our children.”

In rejecting gay marriage, he told the rabbis he doesn’t want children “brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.”

As he marched in the Columbus Day Parade, Paladino waved at supporters – and endured some boos. He handed lollipops to kids and stopped to greet Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Paladino was smacked around for his homosexual tirade by gay rights groups and Democrats participating in the parade – and he later took a few shots from fellow Republicans.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking in California, called Paladino’s rants “highly offensive” and called on him to apologize, reported.

The GOP’s attorney general candidate, Dan Donovan, and controller hopeful, Harry Wilson, sharply criticized Paladino’s statements on homosexuality.

Apprised of their broadsides, Paladino huffed, “So what?”

New York state Senator Tom Duane, a Manhattan Democrat and the only openly gay senator, said Paladino – who has a 10-year-old love child from an extramarital affair – is the last person who should be lecturing on morals.

“I don’t think someone who is living a polygamist lifestyle should be the arbiter of what makes a family,” Duane said.

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