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GOP Gay Rights Group Tries to Move on From Paladino's Gaffe

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's anti-gay gaffe was not on the agenda at a fundraiser for the state's top Republican gay rights group last night, where patrons tried to change the subject rather than dwell on the controversial comments.

“We all stick our foot in our mouth on occasion," Paladino's running mate, Greg Edwards, said at the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guards' and Airmans Club Tuesday night during a fundraiser for the Log Cabin Republicans, a Republican gay rights group.

"What I'm particularly proud of Carl is that he recognizes when he makes a mistake. He's also very committed to making the right decision."

Paladino, the Republican pick for governor, has backpedaled since making controversial remarks on homosexuality over the weekend, when he said he didn't want "children brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option." He then ripped Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo for walking in the Gay Pride parade with his daughters.

"I think that [his comments] were inappropriate, and he's apologized for it," Senate minority leader Dean Skelos said. “I just read an extensive apology, and really, what we should move on to is discussing taxes, spending, job creation.”

Edwards, the candidate for Lieutenant Governor, also insisted he wanted to focus on “fiscal discipline” and other issues with the folks at the party.

Good thing there was an open bar.

New York Log Cabin Republican chairman Gregory Angelo said he is just as uncool with Paladino's comments as the next New Yorker, but the whole purpose of this shindig is to get the conversation started.

“[Paladino's] statements from last Sunday were severely misguided and misinformed,” Angelo said. “The only way we're going to change hearts and minds is to engage with people who disagree with you on certain points”

He added that while “an endorsement seemed unlikely” on Sunday, Angelo said it was good he apologized and he thinks “it's an encouraging sign that he wants to be in dialogue with the gay community.”

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