Carl Paladino, the former New York state chair of Donald Trump’s election campaign, has been ousted from Buffalo’s School Board of Education after his racially charged emails and comments surfaced wishing a horrible death for the Obamas in 2017.
The New York State Education Department booted Paladino from the seat on August 17, 2017, following a public hearing. That decision came from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, siding with fellow school board members lobbying for Paladino’s removal after he disclosed information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.
But Paladino says the real reason for the action is for comments he made about Obama in the alternative Buffalo newspaper Artvoice. As CBS had reported, when Artvoice asked what he would most like to happen in 2017, Paladino responded that he hoped “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations” with a cow, dies and is buried in a cow pasture.
As for Michelle Obama, Paladino said he hoped she would also “go away.”
“I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla,” he quipped.
Paladino says those comments weren’t meant for publication. He also claimed the comments weren’t racist. He was just commenting on Obama’s performance in office.
“Merry Christmas and tough luck if you don’t like my answer,” he said.
The school board didn’t like it. The public was outraged. His remarks were called “unambiguously racist, morally repugnant, flagrantly disrespectful, inflammatory and inexcusable,” and calls came in for his immediate resignation.
As Buffalo News just reported, Paladino continues to fight his replacement. Dennis C. Vacco, Paladino’s attorney went to court late Monday afternoon, asking State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent-Panepinto for a temporary restraining order to prevent the board from appointing someone else to fill the seat while Paladino appeals the ruling by state Education Commissioner Elia to remove him.
Judge Nugent-Panepinto said no, rejecting his appeal.
“I’m going to deny that because I think the greater harm is that no one will be representing the Park District,” said the judge, who once served on the School Board.
Despite the judge’s decision, Vacco felt confident about the appeal. He’s also seeking a change of venue so the appeal can be heard in Erie County as opposed to Albany, where the commissioner made the ruling.
These comments weren’t the only controversial remarks made by Carl Paladino. The millionaire real estate mogul and vocal Trump supporter once told the New York Observer that Obama was not Christian, saying that “there is no doubt he is a Muslim.”
During his failed Tea Party supported run for NY Governor in 2010, which he lost in a landslide to Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Paladino was criticized for forwarding racially charged emails to friends that depicted Obama as a pimp. He fessed up when the emails surfaced, acknowledging he had circulated a series of racist and sexually explicit e-mails among his circle of friends in the construction industry. I guess all his friends are racists, too.
In a statement, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the remarks by his former gubernatorial opponent, “racist, ugly and reprehensible.”
“While most New Yorkers know Mr. Paladino is not to be taken seriously, as his erratic behavior defies any rational analysis and he has no credibility, his words are still jarring,” he said.
Paladino was elected to the Buffalo School Board of Education in 2013, and reelected in 2016. But racists like him have absolutely no business playing a public role in the education of our children; that is unless you want to teach future generations to be racist.
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