Marie Strumolo Burke, a Democrat who is running for mayor in Belleville, New Jersey, was allegedly caught on tape making some extremely offensive remarks.
In the voicemail, left by the former chairman of Belleville’s planning board, Sam Papa, on the phone of Councilman Kevin Kennedy, a voice thought to be Burke’s can be heard in the background screaming the angry racist comment.
“This is terrible. This is terrible. This is gonna be a f——— n——- town,” Burke is allegedly heard yelling in the background, as Papa is heard discussing tax changes.
While Burke has denied that the voice on the tape was hers, a forensic test found that it is indeed her voice. As a result of the findings, the Belleville Town Council voted to request Burke's censure from the Democratic National Committee.
Burke joins NBA franchise owner Donald Sterling in making headlines this week for similar comments.