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Two white campaigners for powerful Nassau County legislator John Ciotti were filmed making openly racist comments to a passerby and a volunteer outside the office of his rival, Carrie Solages.
"Despicable, absolutely despicable," said one woman who heard the campaigners' comments.
As soon as the woman -- who was black -- walked away, one of the two men said, "Call animal control so we can arrest them."
And it didn't end there. As employees and shoppers in local businesses came out to support the Solages campaign, one of the two men continued the racist tirade while the other egged him on. "She's a pig," the man said of Solages' volunteer, who is black. "Don't worry, we will put them on the back of the bus where they belong."
The trouble started after when the two men posted the Ciotti signs on a fence at the door to Solages' campaign headquarters -- in violation of election standards and the criminal code. The lone Solages volunteer, a 26-year-old library aide who is Solages' sister, took down the signs but the men returned to post them on the fence. That's when she began filming.
"I was scared, but it's my brother's office and it just wasn't right what they were doing," she said.
"Go take 'em down, I'm going wait right here until you take 'em down," one man can be heard replying in the video.
"He was trying to intimidate people, he was trying to send the wrong message," the Solages' sister said. Fed up with the hateful comments, the she turned off the camera and went into Solages' headquarters.
Ten minutes later she came out and the two men were still waiting, with a question. "What channel are you going to put it on so we could watch it later?" one man asks in a mocking tone.
John Ciotti is running for his 9th two-term seat in the Nassau County Legislature.
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