Rabbi drops support for Paladino after apology

NEW YORK - (AP) - An Orthodox rabbi says he's withdrawing hisendorsement of New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladinobecause the Republican apologized for comments he made about gays.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who represents an umbrella organization ofultra-Orthodox clerics, accused Paladino on Wednesday of bowing topolitical pressure when he apologized for a speech in which he saidchildren shouldn't be "brainwashed" into thinking homosexualityis acceptable.

Levin - speaking in New York City in front of St. Patrick'sCathedral - says he can't support Paladino's campaign "until suchtime as he straightens out."

Paladino spokesman Michael Caputo said in an e-mail that therabbi and Paladino "agree on many things and disagree on some,too. He's entitled to his opinion."

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