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

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.”