Saturday, October 16, 2010

Gay-Basher Paladino Collected Rent From Two Gay Clubs, Son Ran One

Carl Paladino, Republican New York gubernatorial candidate, warned about children being "brainwashed" about homosexuality and called gay pride parades "disgusting"–yet he had was fine with cashing in on two Buffalo gay clubs for several years:

[Paladino] had no problem when his son, William, ran Cobalt, a nightclub once dubbed Buffalo's "gay club of the moment."

And he had no problem cashing the rent checks from Cobalt and another gay club called Buddies II, both of which were located for years in buildings he owned.

From May 2004 through July 2006, William Paladino co-owned a nightclub on Delaware Ave. in downtown Buffalo, records show.

Liquor license records show the club was run under the corporate name 2975 Group LLC, while the building it was housed in was owned by one of Carl Paladino's many companies, the Huron Group LLC.

...Buddies II was housed in a Paladino building on Franklin St. in Buffalo in 2005 and 2006, records show. Operating under the name Queen City Entertainment, it described itself as a "bar where anyone and everyone is welcome (and) prejudices are left at the door."

Hong Kong-based Next Media Animation, which recently gave us its take on Christine O'Donnell, cited Paladino's serving as a landlord to two gay clubs in the video "Kooky Carl Campaigns from the Fringe":

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