Mayor Apologizes for 'Taco' Quip About Latinos

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When asked what he was doing for the Latino community, he said, 'I might have tacos when I go home; I'm not quite sure yet'
Joe Maturo Jr
<A href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Maturo-Jr/118816084863224">Joe Maturo Jr</a>

Joe Maturo Jr

East Haven, Conn.'s mayor Joseph Maturo has been under fire recently for an offhand response to the question, "What are you doing for the Latino community today?" He answered, "I might have tacos when I go home."

The comment came as Maturo was being interviewed by WPIX-TV about an alleged anti-Latino bias in the community and the police department. Maturo has since apologized in a written statement, writing, "Unfortunately, I let the stress of the situation get the best of me and inflamed what is already a serious and unfortunate situation. I regret my insensitive comment and realize that it is my job to lead by example."

He told a radio host that it was a "dumb, off the cuff, stupid remark," on Wednesday morning. Watch the uncut video of the initial television interview below.

 

  

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