Rabbi 'Suspends' Endorsement Following Paladino Apology

October 13, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2010 at 11:39 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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October 13, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2010 at 11:39 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- When it comes to those anti-gay remarks he made earlier in the week, Carl Paladino is done talking.

"I told you we're off of that topic," the Republican candidate for New York Governor told reporters at a campaign appearance in Boonville, NY on Wednesday.

Paladino made the controversial comments to a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish clerics on Sunday in Brooklyn, where he called homosexuality "not a valid and successful option."

Paladino has since apologized, a move which forced the rabbi who says he drafted Paladino's speech, to suspend his endorsement.

"I will not restore that or my activities until such a time as he does the right thing - and like the old Carl - he shows a little backbone and gives equal time to the religious people," said Rabbi Yehuda Levin.

Paladino's campaign manager responded to the endorsement suspension.

"Rabbi Levin is entitled to his own opinion," said Michael Caputo. "Carl Paladino agrees with him on some things and disagrees with him on other things."

Paladino's comments, which some say were anti-gay, have dominated the campaign this week. For a second straight day, protesters gathered outside the Buffalo businessman's campaign headquarters.

They said Paladino is making Buffalo, also known as the City of Good Neighbors, look bad.

"Buffalo is a city that is very diverse, a city that is tolerant of all people, and Paladino just seems not to reflect that," said Leonard Williams of Unity Coalition.

There are at least two gay people employed by Paladino's campaign, including his nephew Jeff Hannon.

Paladino has mentioned Hannon numerous times in interviews, saying he supports and loves his nephew.

Hannon has not reported to work with the campaign since Paladino made his controversial comments on gays, a campaign spokesperson confirmed.

Hannon has declined to comment, but told the New York Post this week that he was "very offended" by his uncle's remarks.

Hannon would not talk about Paladino's comments, but told Eyewitness News that he is still working for the campaign.