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PRESS RELEASE

September 14, 2017

Contact: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt

767-9205

STUNNING SEXIST COMMENTS AND BEHAVIOR

LEADS TO MAYOR LISA BALDELLI-HUNT CALLING ON CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO DEMAND THE RESIGNATION OF

ZONING BOARD MEMBER ROLAND M. MICHAUD

WOONSOCKET, RI: Sexism is the belief that the members of one sex, usually women, are less intelligent or less capable than those of the other sex and need not be treated equally. It is also the behavior which is the result of this belief.

Roland Michaud, Woonsocket Zoning Board Member, publicly exhibited the behavior of an uncouth, vulgar, foulmouthed, and chauvinistic sexist male.

In one rambling, infantile, sexist breakdown on local radio station WNRI, Mr. Michaud recently said in talking about Mayor Baldelli-Hunt, "she is one insecure, crazy, nutty broad." He then said, "she is totally incompetent" and "she is an incompetent fraud."

"Mr. Michaud owes an apology to every Woonsocket resident, especially women, and I call on the members of the City Council to immediately demand the resignation of Mr. Michaud from the Zoning Board of Review. Failure to support his resignation will send a clear message to every woman, everywhere, that the members of the City Council condone sexism against all women," said Mayor Baldelli-Hunt.

 

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