Former tea party candidate’s sewage rant gets him booted from school board meeting

By David Edwards
Friday, March 1, 2013 11:55 EDT
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Carl Paladino thrown out of Buffalo School Board meeting
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Carl Paladino was the 2010 Republican candidate for governor of New York, but now the tea party activist is not even welcome at a Buffalo School Board meeting.

On Wednesday, the former candidate found himself being escorted from a school board meeting by security guards after he began ranting about how badly board members had handled a sewage problem at Math Science Technology Prep in Seneca.

“In a couple months the ground rules are going to change here, that kind of nonsense isn’t going to happen,” Paladino promised the board, according to The Buffalo News. “Six weeks. I would’ve fired [Joseph P. Giusiana, head of plant services] after the first week. He can’t fix a sewer line leak because he’s in bed with Ciminelli?”

LP Ciminelli is a contractor working on a $1 billion project to make schools in the district more energy efficient.

“This is a not a forum to attack anyone,” Board President Mary Ruth Kapsiak told Paladino, adding that he would be asked to leave if the verbal attacks continued. “We have the security people here.”

“I want to know why this School Board condones a cover-up of the criminality of what’s going on in the schools,” Paladino shot back.

At that point, Kapsiak summoned security.

“You have to go,” she said. “Right now, you’re out of line.”

“You’re out of line,” Paladino quipped as he was escorted from the room.

The next day, the former gubernatorial candidate announced that he would run for a seat on the Buffalo School Board.

Paladino told WBBZ-TV that he was running “because of the inability of the current members of the school board to comprehend the challenges they have as a board.”

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore on Friday said that Paladino was “demented” and didn’t deserve to be on the school board because he had been caught forwarding emails that included bestiality, pornography and racism.

“Women having sex with each other, women completely unclad, African-Americans being apparently run over by an airplane,” Rumore told WFBO. “It is really sick that anybody would give any kind of credibility to somebody like this being on a board of education.”

Watch this video from WGRZ, broadcast Feb. 28, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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