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Days After ‘Taco’ Blunder, East Haven Mayor Asks If Latino Appointee Is ‘Not Dark Enough For You’

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The mayor of East Haven, Connecticut Joseph Maturo Jr. landed in hot water last week when he suggested he’d “have tacos when I go home” as a Latino outreach tactic. Just days after apologizing for the remark, Maturo served up yet another questionable remark regarding his recent appointment of a Puerto Rican to an advisory board. When asked why he selected a man “of Puerto Rican descent as opposed to one from the dominant group of Ecuadorians,” Maturo replied, “I picked a Latino. Did it have to come from a certain section of the country?” He then added, “Is he not dark enough for you? Light enough for you?” Reacting to the latest comments, Governor Dan Malloy (D-CT) told PIX 11 News, “It’s ridiculous quite frankly. He should be embarrassed by a lot of things that he has said and done since he was reelected.”