VIDEO: East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo In Hot Water For ‘Taco’ Quip

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy weighed in Wednesday on controversial remarks made by the mayor of East Haven.

Four East Haven police officers were arrested and charged with mistreating Latinos yesterday.

The same day, Mayor Joseph Maturo was asked by a television reporter “What are you doing for the Latino community today?”

“I might have tacos when I go home, I’m not quite sure,” Maturo responded.

Maturo has since apologized, and said that his comment was taken out of context.

Watch the interview with the reporter here: (Courtesy YouTube)

Malloy called Maturo’s comment “repugnant.”

“They represent either a horrible lack of judgment or worse, an underlying insensitivity to our Latino community that is unacceptable,” Malloy told the “Being tired is no excuse. He owes an apology to the community, and more importantly, he needs to show what he’s going to do to repair the damage he’s done. And he needs to do it today.”

“It was stupid, it was insensitive,” Maturo said during a radio interview Wednesday. “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.”

What do you make of the comments? Sound off below.

  • ak

    send me tacos please….. i”m hungry :) lolol

  • bellozeek

    man i like tacos

  • 31337

    people are dumb, maybe its better if we limit our population to the amount mentioned on the Georgia Guide Stones. At least the elite are stocking their bunkers so they will survive. People wake up, this guy did nothing wrong except make a bad joke. The time will come when something like this will cause them to come and put you in a FEMA camp. Google FEMA camps, the new defense bill allows them to be filled. You are all terrorist.

  • Ann

    Just for the fun of it, I sent a text to: 69866 and said “TACO”
    They will send him a free TACO on 01/26/12 only.
    If you are interested, please do the same.

  • ana cubias

    Why people gets offended so easily? i’m spanish and it didn’t bother me at all, there are more important things to worry about !!!!

  • Very conservative

    Forget mayor of a small town. Make this guy PRESIDENT and send all the illegals and their tacos packing.

  • jerseyjoey

    sour cream and extra hot sause , gota have the flat bottom shell too. LaLaLaLa frito bandito.

  • Rich
    • joiseysue

      what a linkl this guy was elected???

  • juanito

    Maybe he was making a smart aleck response to a smart aleck question from a smart aleck reporter who was race/ethnic baiting him?

  • SE Ramos

    He needs to step down. His bigotry is revealed just in what comes out of his mouth! And, his 50 officer police department only has one latino officer in a predominantly hispanic community!! What is that??

    • The Widowmaker

      freedom of speech

    • cash

      As I understand it that one officer is NOT Latino but is the only one capable of speaking/understanding Spanish. Personally I wouldn’t count on him/her actually being fluent in the language.

    • Guy who once saw Lyle Alzado at Newark Airport

      When I go to Taco Bell, I usually order chicken gorditas and not the title product.

  • Christie: the Governor that ate NJ

    Why is it that when an elected official acts like an azz and responds like an idiot, they always blame it on the “gotcha” media?

  • White Plains Guy

    Were you just in the shower because your back is wet.

  • defecateur

    At least he didn’t say fried chicken or watermelon.

    • John

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ……….. Ummmmm. Ha ha ha ha ha

  • Pleeeaaasse

    Come on – I mean really, people have to lighten up.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    Political correctness is just a lot of bovine fecal matter, period. He was joking, you know?

  • Esmerelda

    Bad joke, get over it.

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