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East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. Apologizes for his “Taco” Comments

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. Apologizes for his “Taco” Comments

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. has apologized for his “taco” comment Tuesday and the surrounding controvery continues to grow with some calling for his resignation.

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE MAYOR’S TACO COMMENTS

The mayor released a formal apology where he said that he “let the stress of the situation get the best of me” and blamed fatigue for his off-collar comment.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement in reaction to the Mayor’s insensitive comments:

“The comments by East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo are repugnant. They represent either a horrible lack of judgment or worse, an underlying insensitivity to our Latino community that is unacceptable. 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.”

A Facebook page has been launched by an organization called for the Mayor to resign for his comments.

Maturo apologized in both a radio interview and an official statement.

“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,” Maturo said on WPLR-FM, according to the Connecticut Post.

Mayor Maturo’s full-text formal apology as reported by the New Haven Register:

“My sincerest apologies go out to the East Haven community and, in particular, the Latino community for the insensitive and off-collar comment that I made to WPIX reporter Mario Diaz yesterday regarding the recent events affecting our community and our police department.

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.

I am dedicated to the principles of tolerance and acceptance of all and will do all that I can to foster those principles in the daily execution of my duties as Mayor. I ask this community to have faith in me and in our community as we address the challenges arising.”

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