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East Haven Mayor’s Idea of Latino Outreach Is ‘Eating Some Tacos’

take your taco bell game day 12-pack and shove it

Four East Haven, Connecticut police officers were recently arrested by the FBI for unlawful abuse and search of some of the city’s Latino residents, but Mayor Joe Maturo’s immediate response to the arrests was so heinous as to suggest that maybe the officers had been told to be racist and abusive by a racist and abuse-loving mastermind who barely won the election that put him in his current position. When asked, following the arrests, what he would do to promote Latino outreach, Maturo said, “I might have tacos when I get home.” Well played, powerful Republican man.

The video:

New York station WPIX, who conducted the interview in which Maturo made the remarks, also got a response from Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, who said Maturo’s words were “repugnant” and “represent either a horrible lack of judgment or worse, an underlying insensitivity to our Latino community that is unacceptable.”

Maturo later retracted with what amounts to A QUARTER OF an apology, saying his remarks have only given his opponents fodder:

It was stupid, it was insensitive and I gave my detractors… a reason to make matters worse with a ‘gotcha’ and an insensitive and stupid answer to something I should have never said.

Then he apologized by another, well, half, maybe. But whatever, because in the original WPIX interview, conducted by reporter Marco Diaz, Maturo also said he “didn’t get [Diaz’s] point” when Diaz asked him why there is only one Spanish-speaking police officer in East Haven’s 50-strong force (East Haven also has a large Latino population).

Also, hmm, what is the point of elections if someone this diabolical is allowed to run a city just because he beat his Democratic opponent by 34 votes? Thir. Tee. Four. Votes. [USA Today/Connecticut Post]

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    1. actor212

      Clearly, he meant Pacos. Over FOR dinner. Along with cousin Margarita Paco.

      Does he realize that East Haven, Connecticut is a heavily Portugese and Latino area?

      EDIT: Apparently, he was informed after the fact. I really should RTFA first next time

  1. savethispatient

    Really they should make sure the language on voting cards is at no higher than an eighth-grade standard, otherwise people may vote the wrong way.

  2. PhilippePetain

    His communications director also confirmed that the mayor was planning on reaching out to the southeast Asian community with a ten dollar off coupon for the local pet shelter.

  3. memzilla

    His actual non-apology apology was "I'm sorry if any of you beaners were offended." Because, you know, Rethuglicans: "Isso é como eu rolo!"

  4. barto

    In a further act of reconciliation he promised to vacation in Cancun and give the maid a day off (ok a half day).

    1. Rotundo_

      I do love a language in which obscene invective sounds like a real estate development in the southwest: Pendejo Grande features an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer….

  5. iburl

    This is why we need to close the borders. So people in Connecticut do not start thinking they know how to make tacos.

  6. mermera

    I think the mayor was referring to the 'hair pie' taco and was intending to celebrate with his contract chiquita at the Yellow Rose South of the Border Shooter Bar.

  7. elviouslyqueer

    Maturo also said he “didn’t get [Diaz's] point” when Diaz asked him why there is only one Spanish-speaking police officer in East Haven’s 50-strong force

    "Because como te gusta mi pinga, motherfucker is my point," Diaz said in reply.

  8. PuckStopsHere

    He probably should go home and eat some ass. (Or a family-sized bag of lightly-salted rat dicks. That would be a good idea, also.)

  9. coolhandnuke

    Sheriff Joe, Mayor Joe, Joe Lieberman and Joe the Plumber all need to relax, sit down, chat, and share a cup of Joe–laced with ex-lax.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      I did too. I feel like renting a big bus, recruiting several like-minded individuals, driving up to New Haven and kicking everyone who voted for this skid mark a swift kick in the genitals.

  10. Eve8Apples

    It's good to see Republican racism is not isolated to the south. I wouldn't want Latino voters to get the impression that northern Republicans were more enlightened than their dimwit southern cousins.

  11. SorosBot

    If the FBI is arresting racist cops for unlawfully abusing a city's Latino residents, how is Sheriff Joe Arpaio not in federal prison yet?

    1. Millennial Malaise

      Connecticut couldn't cut the cancerous Joe Lieberman out of his Senate seat, so don't give them too much credit.

  12. orygoon

    I thought Connecticut towns had all had enough money to put up their own fences and walls and moats.

    1. DahBoner

      Don't fuhget Teh Greens with the old canon, guarding the townies.

      Lawn maintenece & cannon repair is expensive!

  13. OkieDokieDog

    Mayor Joe: I'm sorry that I got caught on video saying something stupid but I'll do it again because I'm a racist and well, I'm just stupid.

  14. bumfug

    He then started his outreach to women by explaining, "By 'taco' I was referring to my old lady's snatch. You guys know what I mean, amirite boys?"

    1. barto

      And by old lady I mean that tasty little number down in the secretary pool, not the ol' ball and chain, eh amigos?

    2. Loaded_Pants

      Reminds me of cartoon I saw in an old Hustler (don't judge me! It was from my dad's porn collection). A guy is arriving home, sees his lady has stuffed her lady bits with taco fillings, the caption has him saying "Tacos again?!"

  15. smashedinhat

    What is it with the disconnect that occurs when an idiot is in front of a camera? This question is asked every time some kid does something stupid and posts it to Youtube or some cop thinks that they can chase down everyone with a cell phone after breaking the law they are hired to uphold, or in the case of some racist politician just opening his fucking mouth mang.

  16. Nostrildamus

    Mayor Maturo, you're doing it wrong! Watch:

    "I'm outraged that the liberal media would take my remark so completely out of context. This sort of relentless gotcha journalism is as close to dispicable as I can imagine. America will not stand for it any more, and neither will I."

    "Ronald Reagan, also".

    1. tessiee

      "Well, gentlemen: You can think whatever you want of ME, but I'm not going to stand by and let you bad-mouth THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!"

      *marches out of room humming "star-spangled banner"*

  17. Goonemeritus

    Thank God the Latino community is out breeding Anglo Saxons in America. It gives me hope that soon our reign of terror will come to an end.

      1. SorosBot

        You hate Miracle Whip too?! OK it's another eerie similarity. The rest of my family loves that shit and slathers it over everything; I can't stand it.

        1. MissTaken

          That stuff is nasty. Thankfully it was never in the house when I was growing up, my parents can't stand it, either.

          And yes, the similarities are entering the Twilight Zone of creepiness now. Next you're gonna say you fear carrots, clowns, and ski lifts.

          1. SorosBot

            Not carrots, and I've never been skiing and so have no opinion on them; but clowns, oh fuck yeah I fear them. I read It at ten, and I think that scarred me for life.

  18. SayItWithWookies

    Even better, Mayor Maturo's idea of a taco is to take his Wonder Bread bologna sandwich, remove the top piece of bread and fold the sandwich in half.

      1. DaRooster

        I wore mine during the BMX…

        But I did catch Van Halen Disease once…
        …Oh yeah… Venereal…

  19. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Well, eating tacos was better than his initial Latino outreach program of getting drunk off of Tequila and then falling asleep on the job.

  20. meatlofer

    Another good line would have been," They're just like a Cue Ball,the harder you hit them the more English you get."

  21. Baconzgood

    Why pick on the Mexican people. They gave so much like Nachos, mescal, decent dope, awsome wrestling, and J-Lo's ass to name a few.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      Cheech Marin, Poncho's, Los Lobos, Carnita's, guacamole, and the sombrero.

      I think J Lo is Puerto Rican.

  22. owhatever

    Once again, a sneaky reporter asked a question and a Republican buffoon gave an answer, and the reporter reported the question and the answer. It's a complicated process.

    1. prommie

      There's a monster in my pants
      and it does a dirty dance
      and when it comes out to play
      all the people run away

      I just heard that song, in my head, when I read your post.

          1. prommie

            I am not quite sure what it is, maybe its my intuition, but there is something that comes through in your posts that suggests that you'd be fun.

  23. FraAnima

    To be fair, East Haven is filled with these winger dick heads. But the pizza is pretty good.

    And guess who's in the kitchen, rolling out the pizza…

  24. real_dc_native

    This is progress! East Haven police still haven't gotten over the fact that blacks, Irish and Jews can live in East Haven. Though the Jews give the police problems because some of look like we might be Italian.

  25. rickmaci

    Jeez. Don't these Rethugs get tired of acting ignorant, racist and morally bankrupt? It's a lot of work to be so shallow.

  26. YasserArraFeck

    "Wait – that was taken out of context. I love Mexicans – why, I'd slam Salma Hayek like an old screen door!!…..er, that didn't come out right…..can we start again?

  27. FakaktaSouth

    Haha Connecticut. With your … um … big houses and boys and girls basketball and such. (I know very little about Connecticut) But I'm still gonna eat some crackers in honor of this guy.

  28. NewtsChicknNeck

    Gingrich/Maturo '12!!!!1!: For those republicans too dumb for nuanced/coded bigotry (all of 'em Katie).

  29. HobbesEvilTwin

    why do we even try to pretend that a good chunk of the USA isn't dumb fucking racists? I mean, wouldn't it just advance the debate to take that as a given?

    1. bikerlaureate

      Apparently the pragmatic response would be to nominate a "Despite…" ticket.

      Srsly, I have no snark left tonight. Nunca.

  30. ttommyunger

    Quite often, one can't read too much into the sound of another's voice, however in this case, Hizzoner sounds just exactly like the smug little prick that he is.

  31. tessiee

    If only he'd had Newt's speechwriter on staff, he'd be rolling out those "chingas" and "putas" like a native.

  32. Negropolis

    Bles you New Engladers and your old-fashioned, folksy racism. lol Though, I've never quite understood it coming from Italians. Then again, what should I really expect from a suburban mayor, many of whom create their politics in direct opposition to city politics out of little more than spite?

  33. Negropolis

    Also, Mr. Mayor, go suck on a bag of salted cannoli, why don't you? Two can play at this game you old wingnut goombah.

  34. Tommy1733

    Have we seen the winner of the Most-Unintentionally-Humorous-Comment-By-A-Politician so soon in the year? I wonder who might come along to top this one? One thing's for certain, the MUHCBAP Awards are going to be GREAT this year!

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