Guess one racially insensitive comment deserves another…SMH
For Mayor Joe Maturo, Monday meant a new week, a new Police Chief, and, believe it or not, a new racially insensitive comment just days after his infamous, “I might have tacos when I go home,” comment.
It all revolves around the selection of Jose Velasquez, a Puerto Rican that he first met approximately two months ago, to an advisory board. In a Latino community dominated by Ecuadorians, the New Haven Register reporter essentially asked why a Latino of Puerto Rican descent was selected as opposed to one from the dominant group of Ecuadorians? Maturo’s response, “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?”
Maturo entered the hallway outside his office shortly after 11 a.m. Monday to confront a jam-packed audience. Rather than address his recent off-color remarks, Maturo was there to announce that his longtime friend and confidant, the embattled Police Chief Len Gallo had stepped down. “On Friday January 27th, 2012, Chief Len Gallo notified me of his intent to retire as chief of the East Haven Police Department.”
The 64-year-old Gallo has been identified as a Co-Conspirator in the Federal investigation that has already produced the arrests of four East Haven police officers. Gallo — a 42-year-veteran — exits under a cloud of controversy.
All the fawkery happening on Maturo’s watch has some of his political cronies turning against him.
Governor Dannel Malloy, who quickly pounced on Maturo’s initial “tacos” comment, addressed the latest comments in an exclusive interview Monday at the state capitol with PIX 11saying, “It’s ridiculous quite frankly. He should be embarrassed by a lot of the things that he has said and done since he was reelected.”
You, Mayor Maturo, are an a$$hole of the highest order.