After taking fire for a series of offensive 2012 tweets, newly minted BC Liberal candidate Randy Rindaldo has now formally apologized on Twitter.
In his apology, Rinaldo says pasts posts were insensitive and don’t reflect the person he is today.
Rindaldo, a realtor who has been active in the party for a number of years, has been chosen as the Liberal candidate for Burnaby-Lougheed.
However, not long after his selection, he began taking critcism for Tweets that appeared in 2012.
One Tweet, in conversation with VSB Trustee Patti Bacchus, took aim at child poverty, calling it a cultural problem and suggesting “many people shouldn’t have kids.”
A second tweet in the same year took aim at Europe’s Roma people, linking them to rape and criminal activity.
Rinaldo couldn’t be reached for comment when CKNW first reported this story, however, the BC Liberal party responded to the fracas online, writing that it thoroughly vets its candidates and that Rinaldo was forward about past social media activity that he “regrets.”
It adds that in an era of social media, parties must find a balance between “holding individuals accountable for past comments & accepting that opinions change.”
Hot day on social media
The firestorm comes on an unusually hot day for BC politicians on Twitter.
Patti Bacchus found herself the focus of another controversial Tweet this afternoon, this time from Vancouver NPA Councillor Mellissa DeGenova, taking a shot at her previous tenure as VSB Chair: