Yehuda Levin goes in on Paladino:

The rabbi, Yehuda Levin, who helped write those remarks, said Mr. Paladino "folded like a cheap camera" because of the uproar they had set off. And the rabbi said he could no longer support Mr. Paladino's candidacy for governor of New York. 

"Which part of the speech that you gave in Brooklyn to the Orthodox Jewish community are you apologizing for?" Rabbi Levin asked at a news conference in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue. "Will we see you next year with your daughter at that gay pride march?"


"I was in the middle of eating a kosher pastrami sandwich," Rabbi Levin said. "While I was eating it, they come running and they say, 'Paladino became gay!' I said, 'What?' And then they showed me the statement. I almost choked on the kosher salami."

Still more:

"He discovered now he has a gay nephew?" the rabbi said. "Mazel tov! We'll make a coming-out party!" 

Rabbi Levin said he chose to hold his news conference at the cathedral because he hoped Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan would take a stand on the controversy involving Mr. Paladino's remarks.

One thing I can't get past is the notion that Paladino's staff decided that it was a good idea for this dude to be an unpaid speech-writer for them. It's all amateur hour. David Paterson is kicking himself right now.

One other thing, a lot of what this Rabbi is doing strikes me as  what a lot of my folk would call "cooning" if this dude were black. Am I seeing this wrong?

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