Paladino is a hypocrite, again!9:43 am - 10/13/2010
GOP governor hopeful Carl Paladino cashed in on Buffalo gay clubs Cobalt, Buddies II
Carl Paladino says kids shouldn't be "brainwashed" into thinking it's okay to be gay or be taken to a "disgusting" gay pride parade.
But he had no problem when his son, William, ran Cobalt, a nightclub once dubbed Buffalo's "gay club of the moment."
And he had no problem cashing the rent checks from Cobalt and another gay club called Buddies II, both of which were located for years in buildings he owned.
From May 2004 through July 2006, William Paladino co-owned a nightclub on Delaware Ave. in downtown Buffalo, records show.
Liquor license records show the club was run under the corporate name 2975 Group LLC, while the building it was housed in was owned by one of Carl Paladino's many companies, the Huron Group LLC.
It was called Cobalt in 2004 and much of 2005, catering exclusively to gay clientele, holding drag queen nights and featuring "boy-tenders" behind the bar.
A March 2005 review of Cobalt in the Buffalo News described it as "Way Gay," noting, "The queens, the techno, the cocktails, the kind of gyration normally confined to Manhattan was in full flaming force at Cobalt."
At some point in late 2005, the club's name changed to Tantra. Kevin Van Wagner, then a Cobalt bartender, recalled a rapid switch to a straight clientele.
"The way that they did it was really horrible," he said. "They told us we were no longer going to be a gay bar, that we were no longer going to have jobs."
He said the owners kept Cobalt's three straight bartenders and got rid of the rest: "They got rid of all of us gay people."
Tantra began going downhill in the early morning hours of March 4, 2006, when police say a man was stabbed in the back inside the Delaware Ave. club.
By September 2006, the state pulled the liquor license, citing the assault and booze sales to minors.
Cobalt wasn't the only gay club paying rent to Carl Paladino.
Buddies II was housed in a Paladino building on Franklin St. in Buffalo in 2005 and 2006, records show. Operating under the name Queen City Entertainment, it described itself as a "bar where anyone and everyone is welcome (and) prejudices are left at the door."
Buddies' landlord may not have been welcome.
Over the last three days, Paladino has spent much time attacking what he calls "the homosexual agenda."
On Sunday, he said in Brooklyn, "I don't want [children] brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option - it isn't."
He ramped it up on Monday on Don Imus' show, stating, "I don't think I'd be proud to take my child to a gay pride parade where you have these men in Speedos and otherwise naked grinding against each other up in the back of a truck."
He also implied homosexuality was being "taught" in schools, something he said shouldn't happen because, morality "should be taught by the parents."
Yesterday, he backed off, apologizing "for any comment that may have offended" and asking the gay community for forgiveness.
His campaign manager, Michael Caputo, did not respond to questions about the Paladinos' involvement with the gay clubs.
Meanwhile, as hordes of politicians and pundits blasted Paladino, conservative columnist Ann Coulter came to his defense on Fox News Channel, calling him a "great warrior" who wants to cut taxes.
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So, it's okay to own and profit from gay bars but not okay to give the patrons of said bars equal rights. And, if the bartenders are to be believed, okay to fire people for their sexuality. CARL'S LOGIC IS FLAWLESS.