In January of 2012, just days after Jessica Ahlquist won her lawsuit to take down a religious mural from Cranston High School West, Rhode Island State Rep. Peter Palumbo went on the John DePetro radio show and called her an “evil little thing,” quickly adding that even if she wasn’t evil, she was being “coerced” into fighting her lawsuit by evil people.
Just to reiterate, an elected government official was name-calling a teenager because she was defending the Constitution. That’s how messed up it was.
Palumbo got caught up in the middle of a contract scandal a couple of years later, in 2014, and it may have been the main reason he lost his seat in the State House that November after 19 years in office.
The secular karma isn’t done yet. Yesterday, Palumbo was arrested on charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from his own campaign:
The former representative appeared in court to face charges related to campaign finance discrepancies. Specifically, a Rhode Island Board of Elections audit revealed that Palumbo did not accurately report $59,975 in cash withdrawals from his campaign funds.
Investigators dug in further, finding withdrawals of $16,498 from ATMs at seven different casinos around the country over five years.
Well, well, well… who’s the evil little thing now?
(Thanks to Jay for the link. Large portions of this article were posted earlier)