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Fla. Mayoral Candidate Tells Audience ‘Go Back to Africa,’ During Mayoral Debate

“The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations”, Congemi said, pointing a finger at the audience.The exchange between Congemi, his opponent Jesse Nevel, and people connected to the Uhuru Solidarity Movement followed a discussion over reparations – the idea that African-Americans in the U.S. should be compensated for the nation’s legacy of slavery and racial inequality.Congemi added that he had been a lifelong Democrat until former President Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage, prompting him to switch political parties.”My advice to you, my advice to you, if you don’t like it here in America, planes leave every hour”.A Republican candidate for mayor in Florida is facing scrutiny for telling the supporters of his opponent to “go back to Africa” during a debate Tuesday, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.Mr. Congemi told the Tampa Bay Times in an emailed statement that his comments were directed at Mr. Nevel’s group specifically, not as an attack on all black people.”I entered this race almost four months ago on the platform of ‘unity through reparations, ‘ and we have built a powerful, broad-based movement in St. Petersburg that represents thousands of people who want to unify our racially divided city and who understand that unity without justice is impossible, and that justice begins with reparations to the black community”, he said.”I must comment on the remarks I said last night …”Repeated Congemi in case it hadn’t sunk in yet that he’d gone on a vicious racist tirade, ‘Go back to Africa. This candidate spoke hateful words about African-Americans and our LGBT community. “Just those that Nevel represents”.According to Fox 13 News, Congemi took offense after an assertion was made that he was a “non-factor” in the race.The comments came from candidate Paul Congemi. Go back!’ he said. On Wednesday, the mayor said he regretted not confronting Congemi for his “bigoted rhetoric”.This is the 60-year-old Congemi’s third run for mayor.In 2009, he was banned from a KFC restaurant for cursing out employees and, when police arrived, threatened to fire them once he became mayor.In the most recent, Congemi was charged with felony elder abuse in January after his 87-year-old mother ended up in intensive care for bed sores. Charges have since been dropped.A mugshot of Paul Congemi from earlier this year.