You know that old adage that moms love to say: everyday is a gift (filled with Carl Paladino doing something crazy). With all of his crazy dominating the gubernatorial storyline this week, we feel like we've lost track of Andrew Cuomo. Or, the "very oily" Cuomo is very purposefully keeping quiet and letting Carl win the election for him. But even well-coiffed politicians must peek out of their rabbit holes for stump speeches and appearances, and Cuomo did just that last night at the Empire State Pride Agenda's Fall Dinner. And he promised that if he was elected, he would stand up to make marriage equality a reality.
"I don't want to be the governor who just proposes marriage equality. I don't want to be the governor who lobbies for marriage equality. I don't want to be the governor who fights for marriage equality. I want to be the governor who signs the law that makes equality a reality in the state of New York," he said at the gay political event (We certainly haven't heard that line before). He also criticized Paladino, who had apologized this week for several controversial statements he made on homosexuality: "We are looking at an extreme political agenda on the other side of the election, and you saw it this week with the LGBT community—but it's not just the LGBT community...Take nothing for granted because people are afraid, people are anxious and these forces are looking to exploit that."
Paladino had criticized Cuomo earlier this week for attending the Gay Pride Parade with his daughter, and Cuomo has been seizing on Paladino's speech all week, positioning himself as the gay-friendly candidate. Of course, Paladino still thinks of himself as gay-friendly too: "I've been a high supporter of the gay community my entire career and I will continue to be,” he said on CNBC yesterday. What are you saying Carl, someone would have to be high to support gay rights?