"Uncle Adolf" Orvieto councillor resigns

Massimo Gnagnarini

ROME - Orvieto councillor, Massimo Gnagnarini, resigned on Thursday following a facebook post in which he joked that the Nazi genocide of the Roma people couldn’t stop them begging at the local train station.  

 Understandably people were offended by the councillor’s comment that "Uncle Adolf also tried to make some remedies, politically very incorrect, but even he didn't succeed."

 Despite belonging to a centre left party, Gnagnarini was not able to mitigate the damage of his comment and decided to resign as not to embarrass his party and more than necessary. He was sure to make clear that "my personal history and politics are what shows my real feelings towards Nazism's horrors” before stepping down from public office.

 The mayor of Orvieto, Giuseppe Germani, accepted Gnagnarini’s resignation but made sure to express the fact that "knowing the councillor personally, I am sure it does not belong to his cultural, moral and political background.” Gnagnarini’s “huge lapse,” in the words of Germani, was followed by a graceful exit from politics, reminding us once more that comedy and politics don’t mix.

 Gnagnarini has expressed his distress at the public’s reaction to the situation. He posted on Facebook Friday that “Claudio Lattanzi, of La Nazione, reveals my Nazi sympathies … a media-based defamation campaign, based on real facts united with falsehoods and allegations, both in order to discredit a political opponent, but above all to create a media diversion to move the attention of public opinion from otherwise uncomfortable issues.”