Up State of Mind

New York state has a population of about 19 million people, and New York City has about 8 million people. Which may explain what GOP Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is up to when he stands up to the Gay Rights Movement.

New York's race for governor erupted in a storm over gay rights and calls for tolerance on Monday after comments by the Republican candidate that children should not be "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option."

Here's how it appears his handlers are viewing the race - Cuomo is the liberal, ie city, candidate, and Paladino is positioning himself as the candidate for the rest of the state. The voters that Paladino's people want to attract are ones who are frustrated by the niceties that the PC movement has forced upon them - ie, most people who live outside of liberal urban areas.

Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino's remarks before a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders, where he criticized his Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo for marching in a gay rights parade as well, sparked reaction that he is anti-gay.

On NBC's "Today" show, Paladino criticized Cuomo for taking his daughters to a gay pride parade.

"I don't think it is proper for them to go there and watch a couple of grown men grind against each other. I don't think that's proper. I think it's disgusting," he said.

The average guy on the street thinks this, but doesn't voice it. The candidate who best channels the psyche of the majority of voters is putting himself in the best position to win. And Paladino happens to be aligning himself with the voters who are the most energized this year - those who are looking for someone with the gumption to stand up to the power structure.

"He is way out of the mainstream and is unfit to represent New York," the Cuomo campaign said in a statement.

Cuomo had best be careful. He's calling the average guy unfit.