New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's campaign manager, Michael Caputo, reportedly offered to resign after the candidate was forced to back down from anti-gay remarks, the Buffalo News reported.

Caputo offered to quit his post on Thursday – five days after the controversy erupted – but Paladino refused.

On Sunday, the Tea Party favorite told a group of Othodox Jewish leaders that his opposition to gay marriage stems from not wanting children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality” is acceptable and hammered his Democratic rival, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, for taking his children to a gay pride parade, which Paladino called “disgusting” and described as “extreme people in bikini type outfits grinding at each other and doing these gyrations.”

After an avalanche of criticism from lawmakers, gay activists, and even his own party, Paladino relented on Tuesday, saying he was sorry “for any comment that may have offended the gay and lesbian community.”

In an interview with CNBC broadcast on Thursday, Paladino insisted that he's been a “high supporter of the gay community my entire career, and I will continue to be.”

At a gay fundraiser in Manhattan, Cuomo said he wants to be the governor that legalizes gay marriage in New York, and criticized the Buffalo businessman.

“We are looking at an extreme political agenda on the other side of the election,” Cuomo said, “and you saw it this week with the LGBT community – but it's not just the LGBT community.”

On Tuesday, Caputo took responsibility for the gaffe: “It's still on me. I'm the campaign manager. I have to take responsibility.”

The cleric who introduced Paladino to his ultra-Orthodox community, Rabbi Yehuda Levin, withdrew his endorsement of Paladino on Wednesday.