A school board in upstate New York has voted to hire a law firm in an effort to remove a Donald Trump supporter for the board member’s racist comments about President Barack Obama and his wife.
The Buffalo school board voted during a special meeting last week to hire a lawyer to petition the state education department to remove board member Carl Paladino.
Paladino, a wealthy developer who co-chaired Trump’s presidential campaign in New York, has said he won’t resign. He wasn’t at the meeting.
Last month, the 70-year-old former New York gubernatorial candidate told a Buffalo alternative newspaper that he wanted the president to die of mad cow disease and first lady Michelle Obama to “return to being a male.” Paladino said the comments weren’t meant for publication, but he acknowledged they were “inappropriate.”
A version of this article appeared in the January 11, 2017 edition of Education Week as Buffalo School Board Seeks to Remove Trump Supporter