LOGAN SQUARE — Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38th) can be seen calling Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) a “pile of sh**” in a video Ramirez-Rosa posted to Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
The name-calling happened Tuesday in City Council chambers, according to Ramirez-Rosa, an alderman who represents parts of Logan Square, Albany Park and Irving Park.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Ramirez-Rosa said he’s faced “anti-immigrant, anti-Latinx and homophobic” harassment in City Council since taking office four years ago, but has “remained quiet. …because it’s not about me, it’s about us, and I’ve felt there are much bigger systemic issues that require our energy and attention.”
Ramirez-Rosa, a socialist, went on, writing, “But today an incident occurred in Council Chambers that I feel it is important to address and unpack, both for my emotional well-being, and the future of our City and our Council.”
The 35th Ward alderman said he was entering City Council for a committee meeting Tuesday and as he was walking past Ald. Nicholas Sposato, the conservative 38th Ward alderman said, “Hey Carlos, I got something for you tweet out. Tweet out that Ald. Sposato said you’re a pile of sh**!”
In the video Ramirez-Rosa posted, Sposato can be heard saying, “. …you’re a pile of sh** because that’s what you are, so,” to which Ramirez-Rosa replies, “Alright,” before he stops recording.
Why did Sposato lash out at Ramirez-Rosa?
In the Twitter thread, Ramirez-Rosa said when Alds. Sposato and Napolitano endorsed Lori Lightfoot for mayor, immigrant groups called on Lightfoot to publicly reject their endorsements, saying both aldermen are anti-immigrant.
Ramirez-Rosa, who has publicly endorsed Toni Preckwinkle for mayor, expressed support for the immigrant groups, which ticked off Sposato.
The video only shows a snippet of the heated exchange.
Reached by phone, Sposato told Block Club he first called Ramirez-Rosa “a liar, a phony and an anti-semitic” and then said, “you’re a piece of sh**” before correcting himself and saying, “no, you’re a pile of sh**.”
Sposato said he had always been “cordial” with Ramirez-Rosa but that the 35th Ward alderman “crossed the line” when he tweeted a week ago that Sposato and Napolitano were anti-immigrant.
Asked about his remarks, Sposato said, “I think calling me anti-immigrant is stronger language than me calling him a pile of sh**.”
Sposato once appeared on Tucker Carlson’s FOX News show, in which he said he “doesn’t believe” in sanctuary cities, adding, “We have a serious mental health issue in this city, we have a serious crime problem, and I wish we would concentrate on those type of things as opposed to illegals in our city.”