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The highlights and lowlights of Carl Paladino's political career

Carl Paladino was making headlines long before the current controversy that ended with New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia removing him from the Buffalo School Board on Thursday.

Here's a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of Paladino's political career:

April 5, 2010: Paladino, seeking to tap into the anger of Tea Party supporters and voters disgruntled with “the Albany ruling class,’’ announces GOP bid for governor.

April 12, 2010: Paladino’s fledgling campaign is hit with the first in a series of controversies, this one after the surfacing of racist and sexually explicit emails he sent to friends.

Sept. 14, 2010: Paladino easily defeats Rep. Rick Lazio and the lackluster campaign Lazio ran for the GOP nomination to run against Democrat Andrew Cuomo in November.

Sept. 30, 2010: Paladino gets into verbal confrontation with New York Post state editor and columnist Fred Dicker at a Lake George business gathering after Paladino made unsubstantiated claims of marital infidelity by Cuomo.

Oct. 9, 2010: At a Brooklyn campaign stop, Paladino created a new storm of controversy when he said: “I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option. It isn’t.’’

Oct. 28, 2010: “Schumer’s little girl’’ is how Paladino referred to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Nov. 2, 2010: Cuomo crushes Paladino in the general election contest; Paladino gets 33 percent of vote.

Feb. 10, 2011: Paladino rejects the urging of some supporters that he seek the congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Lee.

Dec. 4, 2011: After a year of relative silence, Paladino re-emerges in radio ads in which he bashes a who’s who of Democrats and Republicans.

May 29, 2012: Paladino backs GOP challenger Johnny Destino in what ended up being a failed primary run against then-Sen. George Maziarz.

Feb. 28, 2013: Paladino, a regular critic of the Buffalo school system, announces his bid for a spot on the School Board.

May 7, 2013: Paladino sails to easy victory for school board seat, vows shakeup of the education system.

Nov. 12, 2013: Paladino threatens to run on the Conservative Party line for governor in 2014 if the GOP doesn’t nominate a candidate with conservative-enough credentials.

March 11, 2014: Donald Trump meets with Paladino and others about a possible Trump run for governor; Trump dashes their hopes.

April 1, 2014: Trump appears with Paladino outside Capitol in an anti-gun control rally.

March 4, 2016: Paladino, one of Trump’s New York presidential campaign committee co-chairs, urges state Republican Party leaders to “step up” for Trump.

May 3, 2016: Paladino survives a challenge by an 18-year-old student to win a second term on Buffalo school board.

May 8, 2016: Paladino warns New York House Republicans to get on board with the Trump campaign.

July 6, 2016: Of then-U.S. Attorney General Lorretta Lynch, an African American, Paladino’s Twitter feed that day stated: "Lynch @LorettaLynch let a Grand Jury decide.’’ The post was quickly deleted and Paladino said his aide, not him, had mistakenly written it.

Dec. 7, 2016: Paladino meets in Manhattan with Trump and transition team members; talk swirls of Paladino joining the incoming administration.

Dec. 22, 2016: Paladino tells Artvoice that outgoing President Obama should die of mad cow disease and Michele Obama should “return to being a male” and go live in a cave in Africa. Trump transition team quickly disavows the Paladino remarks.

Education commissioner removes Carl Paladino from School Board

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