havens and haven-nots

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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  • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

    He'll have a margarita with his tacos and everything will be ok. You'll see.

    • DahBoner

      And dance across the bar in white shoes singing TEQUILLA!

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ 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

    • tessiee

      Works for me!

  • larryfinexx

    That's a good idea. I think I'll have tacos tonight also, Thank you Mr. Mayor.

  • http://www.wonkette.com/ slowhansolo

    Maturo? Sounds, I dunno, kinda foreign. And ironic.

    • http://www.wonkette.com Chillwillard

      It's Italian, and it was shortened from "Immaturo."

    • Guppy

      That pasta-eating dago wop has probably never eaten a taco in his life.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      The upside of all this? A Sharks vs. Jets dance-off in downtown East Haven.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Didn't he start off as Menudo and grow up to be a Maturo?

  • OneYieldRegular

    Has any journalist yet asked him whether he actually had the tacos or not?

    • Millennial Malaise

      You should know by now that the Lamestream Media shuns follow up questions.

    • Steverino247

      Won't someone think of the guacamole?

  • http://www.wonkette.com Chillwillard

    "Come mierda, Gringo!"

  • 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.

  • larryfinexx

    It would have been racist if he had suggested eating burritos.

    • Geminisunmars

      Racist and sexist.

  • Bonzos_Bed_Time

    What, no Corona reference? That is truly an insult!

  • 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.

  • Wonderthing

    Well at least he didn't say "Go home and impregnate the maid." At least.

  • johnnymeatworth

    Even more of an insult, his tacos came from Taco Bell.

    • http://www.wonkette.com Chillwillard

      "Yo quiero…this asshole out of office."

    • DaRooster

      Fetus Filled?

  • 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!"

    • doloras

      Wait, East Haven is full of Brazilians?

  • Barb

    He's a carne asada-hole.

    • http://gratuity.wordpress.com/ Gratuitous World

      must be a mole on the force.

    • Limeylizzie

      How much do I love you???

      • Barb

        I love you back, my little English muffin.

    • Toomush_Infer

      He needs a full meal of Pendejos…

  • barto

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

  • chascates

    Pendejo grande.

    • http://wonkette.com/ weej_bain

      Con un pene pequeño también.

    • 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….

  • iburl

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

    • Oblios_Cap

      The salsa is probably made in New York City!

      • emmelemm

        Get a rope.

  • nounverb911

    At the very least Maturo could have offered them some pizza from Sally's.

    • sunmusing

      I grew up with Sally's pizza, and this jerk doesn't deserve Sally's. Let him eat shit….I say.

  • 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.

    • Blueb4sunrise

      Yes pink taco.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

      But nobody could derive any pleasure, knowing it's his dumb face back there!

  • 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.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weej_bain

    Mayor sin cerebro.

  • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

    I watched the whole thing and goddamn, that guy is an idiot. He couldn't get off the dinner subject. It would be funny if it wasn't so offensive.

    • 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.

  • http://www.wonkette.com/ slowhansolo

    "Sorry? Yeah, I'm sorry. Sorry those wetbacks fucked up my shit, by simply existing."

  • northernbassist

    Que sera, amo-fros.

  • Baconzgood

    In all fairness taco are tasty.

    • http://www.wonkette.com Chillwillard

      Especially Carnitas tacos, right?

      • Baconzgood

        Looks like Bacon's going to the messican joint tonight.

  • 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.

    • RavenRant

      Exhibit A: Carl Paladino

  • 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?

    • DahBoner

      Joe was grandfathered in under the FBI's Looking The Other Way program….

    • Millennial Malaise

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

  • orygoon

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

    • DahBoner

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

      Lawn maintenece & cannon repair is expensive!

    • real_dc_native

      Not that far East

  • Callyson

    Someone send this guy Mayor Nutter's memo, stat…

  • 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.

  • littlebigdaddy

    Now if he'd said "Stay thirsty my friend" it would've been cool.

  • 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?"

    • barto

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

    • Toomush_Infer

      Ah, the Lamplighter's special…

    • 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?!"

    • horsedreamer_1

      Bo Jackson?

  • OneDollarJuana

    You know who else won by 34 votes?

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Actually, didn't he come from behind with 34 additional votes?

    • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

      Tacos! Yay!!

    • flamingpdog

      That's 33 more votes than Dubya won the 2000 election by.

      • DaRooster

        Probably 50,034 more… in Florida alone…

    • SorosBot

      Rick Santorum, when he surged to come from behind in Iowa?

    • Ramon X

      Speedy Gonzales?

    • OneYieldRegular

      They were the same 34 votes.

    • tessiee

      Al Gore?

  • 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.

    • pdiddycornchips

      I agree except in this fucked up country, the cop usually gets away with it.

  • 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".

    • RavenRant

      You speak wingnut very fluently. *suspicious sidelong look*

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      "And 9/11. Never forget."

    • 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"*

  • Joshua Norton

    Eeeesh!! You can practically smell the hooch on his breath.

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    "Tacos," eh Mayor? Yo quiero Taco Bell que te go to hell.

  • Extemporanus

    Tacos promote asshole outreach.

  • 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.

    • Negropolis

      Yes, only to be be replaced by a new reign of terror. lol It's the American Way.

  • http://www.proofnpudding.com muthalovin

    And now he has to eat the whole enchilada.

  • Joshua Norton

    Wanna bet he puts Miracle Whip on his tacos?

    • MissTaken

      Miracle Whip is pure evil so I can see that.

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • glasspusher

            Just remember: Clowns can't hurt us, as long as we keep laughing at them…

    • coolhandnuke

      I was thinking ranch dressing which is the opiate of the masochists.

    • OneDollarJuana

      and ketchup

      and velveeta

      and hamburger helper

    • Toomush_Infer

      Miracle Whip is especially made for zombiesss…

    • tessiee

      He should apologize for that, too; and not just to hispanic folks, to everybody.

  • Radiotherapy

    Vaya con dios, payaso.

  • 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.

    • DaRooster

      Yea!! More bologna!!

  • DahBoner

    He could have been talking about eating some Pink Taco, which is a whole 'nuther panocha

  • DaRooster

    East Haven is awesome… I have seen them 5 times…

    … oh wait, that's Van Halen.

    • DahBoner

      I always wear Van Halen's when skateboarding.

      …oh wait, that's Vans.

      • DaRooster

        I wore mine during the BMX…

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

  • 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.

  • meatlofer

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

  • 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.

    • http://www.wonkette.com/ slowhansolo

      Put him in a room with El Hijo Del Santo.

    • prommie

      Hey hey there. J-Lo ain't no mexican.

      • Negropolis

        Silly, prommie. In wingnuttia, "Mexican" is anyone that speaks Spanish.

    • Limeylizzie

      I believe J-Lo and her ass are PR.

      • Baconzgood

        If'in they talk mexican then they iz mexican.

    • pdiddycornchips

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

      I think J Lo is Puerto Rican.

      • Baconzgood

        LOPEZ! She's George's sister right.

      • http://www.wonkette.com/ slowhansolo

        Los Lobos should set up outside his office and play "Politician" 24/7.

      • BornInATrailer

        Ummm, hello people arguing about J Lo:

        Salma Hayek. There, done.

    • MrFizzy

      You could live a damn good life with just those few things.

      • pdiddycornchips

        If you added tequila and lime, I would call it paradise

    • Toomush_Infer

      Nacho Libre!…

    • Negropolis

      Nuyorican libel, yo!

  • prommie

    I bet he celebrated Martin Luther King Day by eating watermelon and fried chicken.

  • 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.

    • tessiee

      Fucking questions, how do they work?

  • pdiddycornchips

    Why do we keep electing morons? Are we that starved for comedy?

  • prommie

    Was it a fetus taco?

    • jus_wonderin

      This whole Wonkette Fetus meme gives me an idea. Shouldn't we invent a Fetus Marinade?

      • tessiee

        To go with fetus donuts?

  • Baconzgood

    Hard shell or soft?

  • Limeylizzie

    I will celebrate by pouring very hot salsa down his pants.

    • 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.

      • Limeylizzie

        I frequently hear this song in my head. NSFW even slightly.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr6xjWEYGSs

        • Toomush_Infer

          Thank you, oh thank you… what were we talking about?…

        • Steverino247

          That's quite a song. What a delightful giggle, too.

          • Limeylizzie

            She's quite something.

        • ShaveTheWhales

          Now this is why I come to Wonkette. Danke sehr.

          • Limeylizzie

            Isn't that a great song?

          • 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.

          • Limeylizzie

            Not your intuition so much as my overt bawdiness.

          • prommie

            Sigh. I have made so many bad decisions in my life.

          • Limeylizzie

            Then you must be punished, mustn't you?

          • prommie

            I have been very, very bad.

          • Limeylizzie

            Me too…oh wait we'll have to take turns.

          • prommie

            Or else devise some kind of reciprocal simultaneous punishment.

          • Limeylizzie

            We could turn on the television and watch Newt Gingrich give a speech?

          • prommie

            That would be punishment, but not the kind of punishment we both deserve.

        • tessiee
  • comrad_darkness

    God damn, now I'm hungry.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    Am I the first to point out that Maturo ain't very?

    • Limeylizzie

      Why, yes you are!!

  • WinterOuthouse

    He's a cousin to Sheriff Joe Arpiao. They both should lick my ass!

  • Blueb4sunrise

    Cafe Con Leche Republicans [there's at least 15 nationwide]

    Republicans who want America and the GOP to be more welcoming to immigrants

    Appalling Police Misconduct in East Haven, CT
    http://cafeconlecherepublicans.com/appalling-cond

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Nipsey

    Hey Immaturo, how about a shit sandwich after you finish that taco? Cabron.

  • NewtsChicknNeck

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

  • http://www.wonkette.com/ FlownOver

    Mrs. Maturo says "The hell you will!"

  • 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?

    • bikerlaureate

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

      Srsly, I have no snark left tonight. Nunca.

  • Steverino247

    Stay thirsty (for justice), my friends!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mrblifil mrblifil

    Wait are we talking fish tacos? Because I am so down with that.

    • littlebigdaddy

      When guys get together it is always about fish tacos.

  • horsedreamer_1

    Putting the nut in Nutmeg State.

  • 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.

  • tessiee

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

    • C_R_Eature

      That's it, Tessiee! Excellent idea.

      I'll get Mary Cohn on the phone right now!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Nipsey

    Hey, Mayor Joe, I have a meal idea: Eat shit and die!

  • 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!

  • Baconzgood
  • glasspusher

    I've heard that margaritas can lead to eating a taco, if you get my drift…

  • Negropolis

    I feel bad for laughing so hard at that. lol