Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino of New York has received harsh criticism following his recent comments about homosexuality.
During a meeting with Hasidic Jewish leaders on Oct. 10, the Tea Party-backed hopeful said that he doesn't want children "brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option," according to media reports. He was making reference to his Democratic opponent in the New York gubernatorial race, Andrew Cuomo, who marched with his young daughters in a gay pride parade.
Politico.com reports that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has criticized Paladino for his comments.
"All candidates should be focused on solutions to our problems and not the personal lives of our fellow citizens. He should recognize his remarks were highly offensive and he should apologize for them," Giuliani said in a statement, according to the news provider.
Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that political commentator Ann Coulter has defended Paladino, calling him a "great warrior" who wants to cut taxes. During an appearance on FOX News, she said that Paladino was simply telling his audience, a group of conservatives, what they wanted to hear.
"He's speaking to Hasidim. It's like going to Chicago, you say 'Go Cubs'," Coulter told the news provider.