Monday, December 26, 2016

Carl Paladino: Worst School Board Member of the Year

December started well for Carl Paladino. A member of the Buffalo, New York school board, co-chair of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign in the state, Paladino met with the president-elect and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, just before Christmas. He told reporters afterward that the question of “whether he would be interested and/or willing to serve in the administration in some capacity did come up. By December 21 the presents at the Paladino home were all nicely wrapped and snug under the tree. 

We might even guess there was a “Make America Great Again” hat for Mrs. P. and “Jail Hillary” t-shirts for all the grand kids.

That same day the Buffalo News reported on Paladino’s formal request, during a school board meeting, that once President Trump took office his picture might be placed prominently in every city school.

“Other board members responded to Paladino’s request,” the News continued, “by noting it is at the discretion of principals to decide what they display in their schools. ‘I think this is problematic,’ said board member Theresa Harris-Tigg. ‘Now we are going to mandate, and force something, when it has been their prerogative.’”

“‘Why do we care?’ Paladino responded. ‘Why do we care what their prerogative is?’”

In the end, a compromise was reached, with board members agreeing to put up posters of all former and current U. S. presidents in the schools. Sadly, there was no mention whether or not Paladino would have liked to see Mr. Obama’s picture crossed out.

We don’t know if he was satisfied with the decision. We do know, two days later, he was up to his knees in feces of his own creation. Trouble began brewing when Artvoice, a local weekly, asked city leaders to answer four questions. 

For current purposes only the first two matter:


1. What would you most like to happen in 2017?

2. What would you like to see go away in 2017?

Most city leaders responded in predictable fashion. Sue Marfino, a businesswoman, answered #1: “A return to shopping in communities and at brick & mortar stores.”

Jeff Mucciarelli, co-owner of 31 Club, offered up a wish with which almost everyone in the world might agree: “ISIS removed from this earth.”


Mr. Paladino went for what he later insisted was a humorous approach:

#1: Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.

#2: Michelle Obama. 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.

Well, what could be funnier, especially in a school district which serves a majority minority population, than wishing the current First Lady might spend the rest of her days in a cave with a gorilla?

And what kindergartner or fifth grader or high school senior wouldn’t be bent double laughing at images of President Obama having sex with a cow and dying as a result?

(Hey, kids, don’t worry! If Carl Paladino has his way, you might have a chance to salute a portrait of President Trump as you goosestep down the hall on the way to your next social studies class.)

Several local leaders called on Paladino to resign his seat. “These comments harken back to the darkest days of racism in our nation’s history,” said one. By afternoon on December 26 more than 11,000 people had signed an online petition calling for this Trump fan to be removed from office.

Paladino tried but failed to clean the feces off his shoes in a series of bumbling interviews. At one point he explained to the New York Times that he was “not politically correct.” A reporter asked why he wanted to see the first lady live with a gorilla. Paladino paused a long time and then said, “What’s wrong with that?”

Sadly, the clueless Paladino has traveled the racist road before. During an abortive campaign for New York governor in 2009, a trove of his emails came to light. They included a photo of President Obama dressed like a pimp, Michelle Obama as a whore:

Paladino claims to have many black friends.
No doubt they would "appreciate" his sharp sense of humor.

Another email in July 2009 showed a photograph of an airplane landing directly behind a group of black men. The caption read: “Holy Sh*t. run ni**ers, run!”

Oh, what scintillating humor!

As a bonus, in September 2009, Paladino forwarded an email entitled: “Easy Steady Big Fella.... XXXX,” including a graphic photograph of a horse and a woman having sex.

(If you’d like to see other examples of Mr. Paladino’s emails, and you have a strong enough stomach, you can click here.)

Paladino, later claimed in a radio interview that he had done nothing wrong, but only managed to step in his own poop again. “It’s only these retarded liberal people that’ll find it necessary to come out and call me names and not really listen to the issues,” he whined. He couldn’t possibly be racist. He had “many, many friends in the black community” and we might guess even a few horses who were good and loyal friends.

He went on to air a string of grievances against President Obama and claimed his answers and emails were all in good fun. “And yes,” he told the interviewer, “it’s about a little deprecating humor which America lost for a long time. Merry Christmas and tough luck if you don’t like my answer.”

Tough luck, indeed.

In honor of both his racism and his clueless stupidity we nominate Carl Paladino “Worst School Member of the Year.”


  1. Kathy Fleischmann Stemmer commented via Facebook: There just is nothing to say to that. What is wrong with people?

  2. Amy Sherman Truesdell commented on Facebook: Sadly, there are many like him who see absolutely nothing wrong with his behavior. I suppose he would say taking offense to the use of the word retarded is being politically correct and being overly sensitive snowflakes ❄ ❄❄❄❄. Another lovely phrase being flung around.

  3. James Ladd checked in from the conservative (but sensible right): Maybe the GOP should be viewed with the same understanding we are expected to use when we inspect Islam. There are only a small portion who could be identified as radical. Same goes for all groups is what I keep being told. One or 2 bad apples can't spoil the entire bushel.... right???

  4. Logan Ruppel added this on my Facebook wall: Wow I knew Paladino was awful but hadn't heard about all this insanity! Also I can't wait to see DJT's emails

  5. George Carlson responded via Badass Teachers' Association: A poor excuse for a human being.

  6. Bonnie Melle Fraylick, also on BAT's Facebook page: Wow. SMH.

  7. Luna Hoops, also a member of BAT's replied: My sister lives in Buffalo. BIG demonstration today to get his resignation.

  8. Melli Jay Rog (via Facebook agian): I worked for Buffalo Public Schools. He was only on the board to further his political "career". He *almost* lost to an 18 year old kid this past election cycle. He did nothing for students or teachers ever. He's awful.

  9. Max Parsley, also via BAT's: To have Paladino's name associated with any school is galling! The man is crude, vicious and has no manners. I can only hope that his parents are not alive to witness his atrocious behaviour.

  10. My favorite comment in a long while comes from BAT member Laura Hartnett Weiner: Time to replace the term "politically correct" with " humanly correct " There is nothing correct about current politics and treating other people with dignity, kindness and respect is the correct way to act. Saying that you refuse to be politically correct just means you want to be bigoted, racist, xenophobic jerk but don't want to be called out for it.

  11. Kevin Mann, via my Facebook page, summed it up in one word: Disgusting

  12. Lloyd C. Baptist went with all capital letters: REMOVE HIM!

  13. Tonya Mitchell, a former student, had this to say: It just amazes me that it's 2016 and people actually still feel like this!!

  14. Tim Linton, my conservative cousin, replied: These comments are terrible

  15. Jo Lieb replied via Poetic Justice on Facebook: Thank you John Viall. Disgusting does not do this justice.