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NY Cancer Center VP Fired After Suggesting Trump Supporters Give Up Their Ventilators in Social Media Post

by Paul Goldberg

Laura Krolczyk, a cancer center VP who worked for Hillary Clinton in the past has been fired after suggesting Trump supporters should “give up their ventilators for someone else… and not go to the hospital.”

Krolczyk also suggested Trump supporters barricade themselves in packed churches.

The message of both is the same, wishing death on Trump supporters.

Per TheBuffalo News Laura Krolczyk, Roswell Park’s vice president for external affairs, was initially placed on administrative leave from her position but was fired following the conclusion of an investigation into her remarks, spokeswoman Annie Deck-Miller confirmed Saturday.

Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute has placed Lisa LaTrovato, its director of development, on leave for her comments in the Facebook exchange with Krolczyk, the institute told The Buffalo News.

The institutions acted after the exchange between the two drew criticism once Republican operative Michael Caputo shared it widely through his Twitter account on Friday.

Both Krolczyk and LaTrovato worked for Democratic elected officials before moving into their positions at the medical and research organizations: Krolczyk for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and LaTrovato for Louise Slaughter.

WKBW reports Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Vice President for External Affairs, Laura Krolczyk, was fired Saturday after an investigation into her private Facebook posts.

The screenshots of anti-Trump Facebook posts by Krolczyk, regarding COVID-19, were shared and criticized on Twitter by a local political consultant.

On Friday night, Michael Caputo tweeted a screenshot of Krolczyk’s Facebook post which showed an anti-Trump exchange.

Shortly after, Roswell tweeted the post “does not reflect the beliefs of our organization.”

Saturday, Roswell announced Krolczyk was fired and released the statement below:

“This employee was terminated today after our Human Resources team concluded its investigation. We followed standard procedure, which required that we gather and verify relevant information before taking any disciplinary action.
Dr. Johnson and her team responded with swift and appropriate action. We have always been and continue to be a center serving everyone who needs us. That is core to our mission, our culture and the experience our patients and families can expect every day. This behavior is not tolerated at Roswell Park. If any team members act in a way that does not accord with that commitment, we will take swift and appropriate action, just as we did in this instance.”

Lisa LaTrovato, a director at Buffalo-based Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute, has been placed on leave for her comments on the Facebook post.

Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute released the following statement Saturday:

“Yesterday afternoon, Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute became aware of a personal communication that one of our staff members was having on the staff member’s personal social media account. We are disappointed that this took place. The staff member’s personal exchange in no way reflects or represents the thoughts or opinions of the Institute, our leadership, or our Board of Directors. HWI leadership is addressing this regrettable personnel matter directly with the individual involved, who has been placed on administrative leave pending further internal review. Our focus, at all times, and especially during this public health crisis, is solely on advancing scientific research and therapies that can help save and improve lives the world over. Nothing can or will cloud our commitment to improving public health.”

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