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Statement from Paladino on his comments in Artvoice

Posted at 11:37 AM, Dec 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-27 12:31:43-05

Below is a statement released from Carl Paladino, commenting on his responses in a survey he answered from Artvoice released on December 23.

 

 

I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years
trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. To
them I apologize. I thought about them every day as I fought against
unqualified and incompetent superintendents, administrators, teachers
and School Board members, unfair union contracts, broken homes and
children who can't get the education they need to break that cycle of
poverty because our school system is a failure, for reasons that
needn't be. I have shown those who chose not to watch but to enter the
arena how to fight the demons. Nevertheless, I won't be judged by
those timid souls who sit unbloodied in the gallery always prepared to
criticize. Nor do I have any respect or regrets for the insane
education activists who hover over and defend the dysfunction of the
BPS.

I received your emailed survey at an emotional moment after I had just
listened to Obama's statement that he regretted the slaughter in
Aleppo that, in fact, resulted from his failed and cowardly foreign
policy, a policy to look the other way while innocent people were
murdered and starved. I view Barak Obama as a traitor to American
values. We don't stand down and leave soldiers to die on a battlefield
when we can send help. We don't lie to the American people and the
parents of our fallen to get re-elected. Obama has not led America to
a better place by disregarding the rule of law and standing with his
elitist brethren as above the law nor has his wife Michele Obama who
told our children and the world after the election that now "there is
no hope for America."

Your survey questions provided me with the spark to vent and write
deprecating humor about a bad President for whom the main stream media
continues to seek an undeserved legacy. I wanted to say something as
sarcastic and hurtful as possible about the people so responsible for
the hurt and suffering of so many others. I was wired up, primed to be
human and make a mistake. I could not have made a worse choice in the
words I used to express my feelings.

It's all too easy to make mistakes when you're emotional about the
rigged teachers’ contract by an incompetent Board of Education
majority who sold out the school district as payback to teacher's
union leader Phil Rumore for his election support. They couldn't care
less about the children of Buffalo. And I'm bewildered about the
Supreme Court Judge who tried to dismiss a lawsuit to recover $450
million fleeced from the children of Buffalo by LP Ciminelli during
the $1.4 billion schools building project.

I publicly took responsibility for what I said and confirmed those
were my answers, but believe it or not, I did not mean to send those
answers to Artvoice. Not that it makes any difference because what I
wrote was inappropriate under any circumstance. I filled out the
survey to send to a couple friends and forwarded it to them not
realizing that I didn't hit “forward” I hit “reply.” All men make
mistakes.

What is horrible is explaining to my 17 year old daughter how her hero
could be so stupid.

What is horrible is watching my family and friends react to the rabid
hordes of attacking parasites we now call activist progressives.

It's been a sick, combative year for America. We changed the direction
of our country and beat back the demons for a few decades. I am proud
to have been a part of the making of history.

As for the vanquished progressive haters out there spewing their venom
at anything that is a reminder of their humiliating defeat,
irrelevance is tough to chew on.

For the mean spirited disoriented press trying to find grounding and
recover legitimacy on my back, pray that you still have a job next
year because you have lost all credibility with the people.

No, I'm not leaving the school board, not when it's time to help
implement the real choice elements of Trump's plan for education
reform. I've spent years dedicated to the mission to defeat the
thought that the liberal progressive elitist establishment can
continue to hold our minority children captive in the cycle of poverty
simply to provide their voting base. I don't intend to yield to the
fanatics among my adversaries. I certainly am not a racist.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years