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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.

delicious, wonderful sauce

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.
liquiddatura 13th-Oct-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
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."

Those are the best parades.
normalchick 13th-Oct-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
They really are. My parents took me and my brother to SF pride every year and man I got tons of free shit.
telemann 13th-Oct-2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Oh definitely ;) I have a press pass in the NYC pride parade, and it's a blast walking with some of the marchers. This pic is a huge hit on my Flickr--

lovebats 13th-Oct-2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
dat ass
telemann 13th-Oct-2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
lovebats 13th-Oct-2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
i want to squeeze it
telemann 13th-Oct-2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
That too, and some other things!

Oh gasp, I went there!
lovebats 13th-Oct-2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
we were all thinking it bb
telemann 13th-Oct-2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
I ♥ Youtube!
glo_unit 13th-Oct-2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
MMM, Rafael Alencar
telemann 13th-Oct-2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I had NO idea who that guy was, he was extremely nice and posed for me WOO WOO :P
glo_unit 13th-Oct-2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Aww, that sounds cool, I'm glad I could tell you who he is.
lovebats 13th-Oct-2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
i just googled him

oh... my god
glo_unit 13th-Oct-2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
LOL, glad I could help.
lovebats 13th-Oct-2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
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magus_69 14th-Oct-2010 08:29 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I'd hit that as hard as I possibky could, oh yes I would.
hazel_belle 13th-Oct-2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Carl Paladino, please DIAF
militsa 13th-Oct-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Election day can't come soon enough for me so I will never have to hear about this asshole again.
lovebats 13th-Oct-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
i like how Cuomo is just riding it out now pretty much; Paladino can't dig himself out of this one.
juliet316 13th-Oct-2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Seriously. He doesn't have to even say a word, just let Paladino dig himself deeper and deeper.
bluetooth16 Mad Bluetooth Is Mad13th-Oct-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)


I seriously feel like sitting out this election.
thecityofdis Re: Mad Bluetooth Is Mad13th-Oct-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
where was this gif when i was looking all over for it last weekend?!?!
bluetooth16 Re: Mad Bluetooth Is Mad13th-Oct-2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I retired it because it was becoming used too much. Now it's back and still mad.
angry_chick Re: Mad Bluetooth Is Mad14th-Oct-2010 12:15 am (UTC)
You are serious, right?
popehippo 13th-Oct-2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, this wood worm again.
radname 13th-Oct-2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Not surprising. It seems anybody on the right side of the political spectrum has no problem preaching how you should live your life, but follows zero percent of their own advice.
persiascarecrow 13th-Oct-2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
i can't believe people like this could potentially govern a state and that there are people who take him seriously as a politician and respect him. when will things change...
chemchick 13th-Oct-2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
If he wins this election I am personally punching all the bigots in the face. It may take me two years to do it but by god I will.
chemchick 13th-Oct-2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Good. I really wasn't looking forward to travelling.
thecityofdis 13th-Oct-2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Most recent polling data I can find is October 5-7 from Survey USA:

Cuomo - 57%
Paladino - 34%

4% margin of error.

Cuomo has a 23-point lead. I was off by a hair. :D
hola_meg_a_cola 14th-Oct-2010 04:33 am (UTC)
He won't. Even the local Fox news station is loling at him.
antiotter 13th-Oct-2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Plus it's not like you guys ever get abortions.
angelofdeath275 13th-Oct-2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
This fuckstick.
redseeker 13th-Oct-2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
He also implied homosexuality was being "taught" in schools, something he said shouldn't happen because, morality "should be taught by the parents."

/: I really don't like the assumption that sexuality is a moral issue. *sigh*
overthemoo 13th-Oct-2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
You know what's amusing to me about this? When I was watching the video of Paladino's last week, I actually sensed some kind of hesitation/shame. I don't know, but I knew I'd look for an article that... well, an article of this sort. heh
antiotter 13th-Oct-2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Is this the same son he does Waffen SS LARPing with?
musikologie 13th-Oct-2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
That's Ohio. Close, but no cigar!
antiotter 13th-Oct-2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Ah. I'm losing track of my crazy Teabaggers.

I almost mixed up Sharron Angle and Jan Brewer the other day, because they're both compulsive liars who run from the media when asked to explain their own ridiculous statements.
mindrtist 14th-Oct-2010 09:09 am (UTC)
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