Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who wrote at least one version of the explosive anti-gay remarks Carl Paladino delivered to Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox leaders last weekend, has withdrawn his endorsement of the GOP/Conservative gubernatorial hopeful following the candidate’s (sorta) apology yesterday.


NY1’s Bobby Cuza sent this photo from the event, which was held in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan earlier today.

Levin’s decision to pull his support of Paladino is probably the best thing to happen to the candidate in weeks. Other Orthodox Jewish rabbis have been intensely critical of both the Buffalo businessman and his erstwhile patron, who has made no secret of his extreme views and dream of launching an Orthodox Tea Party.

But the damage Paladino has done to himself with the LGBT community is undoubtedly irreversible at this point – even with the small segment that might have been willing to hear him out prior to this latest dust-up.

The Log Cabin Republicans’ NYS chair, Gregory T. Angelo, said last night that he was encouraged by Paladino’s apology, but was noncommittal when talk turned to endorsements.