By Della Hasselle
MANHATTAN — In the latest odd twist in the controversy over Carl Paladino’s stance on gay rights, the gubernatorial candidate accused opponent Andrew Cuomo of not giving same sex marriage enough support.
The Tea Party candidate's latest attacks — made in campaign ads based on the popular Candy-Land game and dubbed "Cuomo-Land" — claim the Democrat was "all but invisible" when gay rights were discussed in Albany, the New York Daily News reported.
The ads come only days after Paladino’s campaign manager tried to quit following the candidate's anti-gay rant in Brooklyn, where he said that kids shouldn’t be "brainwashed" into thinking that it’s okay to be gay.
Manager Michael Caputo offered to resign after Paladino’s campaign was damaged by the speech he helped write, according to the New York Post.
His offer was declined.
After receiving public scrutiny for his anti-gay remarks, which included a booing audience at the Columbus Day Parade, Paladino is attempting to shift focus to his rival.
"He was asked by those pushing for the measure to call three wavering senators," the Tea Party candidate said in his latest campaign, which aims to depict Cuomo as childish, incompetent and hesitant concerning gay rights issues, the News reported.
Some experts say, however, that Paladino’s flip-flopping statements won’t earn him political support.
"All it will do is reinforce the fact that he looked like a bigot last week," Democratic operative Hank Sheinkopf told the News.