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.