The Perils Of The Open Mike: Lawyer Resigns From Board Presidency After Calling Parent “Chubby Wubby”

1399930897000-RayCoteRaymond Cote, an attorney in New York, has resigned not only from his position as board president but withdrawn from his campaign to be re-elected to the Mahopac Board of Education. The reason? An open mike caught him referring to a parent during a meeting break as a “chubby wubby.”


raymond-coteCote is speaking with another individual during the break in the upstate New York school board meeting when the mike caught him saying “Oh I know, I know. This one here, ‘Chubby wubby.’ She gets fatter and fatter at every meeting. She really does!”

Cote was referring to an unidentified mother of six and PTA volunteer and produced outrage and calls for his resignation. After resigning, Cote emailed a statement to parents: “I would like to apologize for my choice of words after the close of the board meeting on April 8, 2014, which are regretful. My words were inappropriate and do not reflect my feelings or attitudes. I will strive to regain the trust and respect of the community.”

Do you believe that a resignation was warranted for such a remark (as opposed to a public apology) that Cote thought was private? It raises similar questions to the Sterling controversy over private comments that are accidentally or unintentionally made public.

31 thoughts on “The Perils Of The Open Mike: Lawyer Resigns From Board Presidency After Calling Parent “Chubby Wubby””

    1. I have rethought this and I was first fine with his quitting. However, considering the number of people caught on an open mic that had to do no more than apologize, I think I have come back to that as a solution.

  1. At the jukebox in my favorite bar there is a song titled Short People by Randy Newman. Some of the folks in the bar insert the word “fat” for “short” and do a sing a long. This rags the barkeep who is a bit chubby wubby. His name is Caloric. Here are the lyrics:

    Short People”

    Short People got no reason
    Short People got no reason
    Short People got no reason
    To live

    They got little hands
    Little eyes
    They walk around
    Tellin’ great big lies
    They got little noses
    And tiny little teeth
    They wear platform shoes
    On their nasty little feet

    Well, I don’t want no Short People
    Don’t want no Short People
    Don’t want no Short People
    `Round here

    Short People are just the same
    As you and I
    (A Fool Such As I)
    All men are brothers
    Until the day they die
    (It’s A Wonderful World)

    Short People got nobody
    Short People got nobody
    Short People got nobody
    To love

    They got little baby legs
    That stand so low
    You got to pick ’em up
    Just to say hello
    They got little cars
    That go beep, beep, beep
    They got little voices
    Goin’ peep, peep, peep
    They got grubby little fingers
    And dirty little minds
    They’re gonna get you every time
    Well, I don’t want no Short People
    Don’t want no Short People
    Don’t want no Short People
    ‘Round here

  2. It was indeed his choice and probably based upon experience, a good one.

  3. Ooyee Gooey, was a worm.
    Ooyee Gooey liked to squirm.
    Ooyee Gooey crossed the street.
    Ooyee Gooey!!!!

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