A school board member in New Jersey has received a “no confidence” vote from colleagues despite his apology for referring to Vice President Kamala Harris as a “street walker,” according to reports.
School board officials in Linden voted 4-2, with two abstentions, against colleague Gregory Martucci on Thursday night, MyCentralJersey.com reported.
At the same meeting, some members of the public called for Martucci to step down, the report said.Martucci attended the meeting but did not comment, a district spokesman told the news site.
Earlier this month, Martucci had responded in the comments section to a recent Facebook post about Harris and immigration by conservative comedian Terence K. Williams, according to reports.
“She is right off the wingnut streets of San Francisco what do you expect from a street walker who has no clue about America,” Martucci responded, according to WNBC-TV of New York City.
But after Martucci’s online comment drew sharp backlash from the city’s mayor and others in the community, he issued an apology, MyCentralJersey.com reported.
He wrote that his post “does not reflect who I am in both my private and public lives.”
“My actions to this point have always reflected a positive support for all women and for all cultures,” Martucci continued, according to the outlet. “I assure you that I will continue to support all women and all cultures.”