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[UPDATED] Paladino apologizes for perverse wish list 

[UPDATE] Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has apologized for distasteful and racist remarks he made late last week.

This time, the guy who ran point for Donald Trump in New York spouted off some garbage in our fellow alt-weekly, Buffalo's Artvoice. He wished Barack Obama death by mad cow disease — which, in this revolting fantasy world, he'd contract by humping a cow — and said that he wants Michelle Obama 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."

Paladino never denied the answers, which he wrote in response to an end-of-the-year survey that the paper's publisher sent him (see his response to Buffalo News reporter Tiffany Lankes).

But while he initially defended, even boasted about his remarks, as the pressure and backlash built, Paladino retracted: saying that he never meant to send the answers to the paper, just to some friends. His responses were published Friday, December 23, but he didn't make the retraction until Tuesday, December 27. The Buffalo News published the retraction in its entirety.


Anyway, some folks in Buffalo are trying to get Paladino tossed off the Buffalo school board; some community members and elected officials have asked State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to remove him from the job. But it's pretty tough to get elected officials thrown out of office for something they said. And Paladino, who has a history of making racist remarks and jokes about bestiality, says he has no plans to quit.

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