Maturo: 'I Might Have Tacos When I Go Home' (VIDEO)

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is the latest to weigh in on the controversy surrounding East Haven Mayor Maturo saying she is "very disappointed by Mayor Maturo’s comments."

Update at 5:15 p.m.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has added her name to the growing roster of political figures who are appalled by Mayor Joe Maturo's taco comment.

In a statement released today, the Democrat representing Connecticut's Third Congressional District, said, “I am appalled by the comments made by East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo yesterday. His comments have no place in a civil society and they do not reflect the values of the good residents of East Haven. Mayor Maturo has insulted the Latino community in Connecticut. I am very disappointed by Mayor Maturo’s comments and am glad that he has apologized for these insensitive remarks.”‬

Update at 2 p.m.

East Haven Democratic Town Committee Chairman Gene Ruocco has in response to the mayor's remarks yesterday to WPIX reporter Mario Diaz.

“Maturo’s comment (I might have tacos when I go home) goes to the root of the here in East Haven... Everyone knows the seriousness of this matter and for him, as the leader of our community, to say something so utterly insensitive is a complete disgrace. He should be ashamed of himself.”

Update at 12:30 p.m.

House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) today released the following statement on Mayor Joseph Maturo:

“Mayor Maturo’s comments are completely abhorrent and have no place in our civil discourse. More than just apologizing, Mayor Maturo needs to start working to bring his town together to overcome this terrible incident.”

Update at 11:30 a.m.

East Haven Mayor Joseph for what he characterized as an "insensitive and off-collar comment." Part of the statement issued to the press is excerpted below. 

"Our community needs to refocus on healing together.  To date, my administration has already taken steps to begin that healing process. Most recently, I commissioned a new advisory committee to the Mayor named “LEARN” (Law Enforcement Advisory Resource Network) aimed at recommending updates to policies and procedures to the Board of Police Commissioners.  Recognizing the need for the Latino community to have a voice on this exciting and important new board, I appointed Jose Velasquez, a well-respected community volunteer and native of Puerto Rico, to the board.  The first products of that committee have been a new mission statement for our Police Department, a more accessible civilian complaint procedure, and the publishing of updated civilian complaint forms in both English and Spanish." 

Updated at 9:35 a.m.

East Haven Mayor Maturo reportedly drove away and said "no comment" to FoxCT reporter Anthony DiLorenzo when asked to respond to Gov. Malloy's statement.

DiLorenzo reported via his Twitter account:

@anthonyonfox: Mayor Maturo speeds away and says no comment when asked to react to @GovMalloyOffice calling his "taco" comments "repugnant." #easthaven

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates to this story on the site, as well as on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Updated at 9 a.m.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has just released a public statement regarding East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo's comments, calling them "repugnant" and "unacceptable."

Malloy then continued, with a statement demanding the mayor apologize today:

“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.”

Original Story (Tuesday at 11:30 p.m.)

Mayor Joseph Maturo is facing criticism for what many are calling racially insensitive remarks during an interview Tuesday following the of four officers for allegedly violating the civil rights of Latino residents and others.

During a television interview taping, New York City-based WPIX reporter Mario Diaz asked Maturo: "What are you going to do for the Latino community today?" And Maturo responded: "I might have tacos when I go home, I'm not quite sure yet."

Diaz and Maturo continue their discussion for another four minutes.

The WPIX reporter said in his report that later, Maturo came to him and apologized for the remarks. But Diaz called the exchange "indefensible."

"There's no excuse for that," the reporter said during his report.

East Haven Patch reader Dave Hausler agreed. On our Facebook page Hausler said of Maturo's comments: "When our police officers face federal charges for racial discrimination, our mayor should know better than to make such a "flippant" comment to the press, regardless of how many interviews he has given on the subject today. East Haven deserves a leader with the integrity to provide a strong example to our troubled police department, not the wrong example."

And East Haven Vine blogger , in his latest post made late tonight, is calling for Maturo to resign following the comments he made during the interview.

"I believe in our men and women in blue and will stand with them shoulder to shoulder in this fight with the United States Government but what I will not stand for as a taxpayer in the Town of East Haven is for our leader, our Mayor, to pour more salt on the wound," McCann commented in his post.

What do you think?

Donna Maltese January 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Sure did. Anyone can see that. The reporter was dumb enough to keep trying though and thank goodness Maturo picked right up on it. The reporter looked like such a Nazi dope.
Donna Maltese January 27, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Was it a joke when you were a cop in East Haven?
Magdalen Sparaco January 27, 2012 at 08:20 PM
No Lise, I'm not perfect and if I made a mistake, I may have offended one or two people but not an entire Town.
Lise Cavallaro January 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM
The entire town wasn't offended. I wasn't. My coworkers from surrounding towns and their neighbors (Clinton, Madison and North Haven) even said.."people really need to move on". I was shocked and embarassed, but he made a mistake and apologized. How about we call on the all mayors and governors, president sor vice presidents to resign everytime they stick their foot in their mouth or make a mistake. I suggest everyone take a hint from Sugar..do something nice and move on.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead January 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM
You might want to take a crash course in English grammar while you're away...
Julie Weisberg (Editor) January 28, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Everyone: Just a reminder to refrain from personal attacks and to keep focused on the topic of the article at hand — and not on each other! I appreciate your understanding and your cooperation. Thanks!
Kelly January 28, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Dan, we dont owe an apoligy to anyone, These ppl. are here illegaly, It is time for us Americans to ALL open our mouths and say we arent going to put up with the raping of our country. You my man are a wimp.
Kelly January 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Julie, just a reminder, We are Americans who have the right to freedom of speech. So keep focused on that first and foremost, If we read a comment that we find ignorant we as Americans have the same right to comment as you have. I appreciate your understanding and your cooperation. Thanks!
Kelly January 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
When u climb out or your holier than thou hole and take a fresh breath of American air. maybe ur mind will clear a bit.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) January 28, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Kelly: Thank you for your feedback. If you have any questions, please refer to East Haven Patch's Terms of Use (http://easthaven.patch.com/terms). Also, profanity is not allowed on the site. Again, just another reminder.
Kelly January 28, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Profanity? Your reaching now Julie, Your condescending "lessons" you seem to want to push on others has become over the top. I suggest you find someone else to preach your delusional thoughts to. It isn't working for me.
Lise Cavallaro January 28, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Maybe you should stop calling it "staven". It's East Haven.
Lise Cavallaro January 28, 2012 at 01:21 PM
@Robert: It would be a good idea to refrain from personal attacks, as everyone and unfortunately, yourself, has the right to an opinion. Secondly, you spelled "imbecile" incorrectly, and the name is "Kevin" not "Kev". If you want to insult someone, please do it properly. @ Dr. Whitehead: Touche.
east haven resident January 28, 2012 at 03:07 PM
U want know where little zullo was he was at rib house making cocktails, he's probably re-training he must know that the town attorney job won't stick, because joe maturo isn't gonna last!!!
Rosie January 28, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I wasn't offended, either. I thought it was funny then, and I think it's funny now. What isn't funny is how blown out of proportion it has become. I mean really, get ovet it. Move on. The are much, much bigger issues to deal with in this country.
James February 03, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I keep seeing comments here referring to April being arrested And no one will put in writing here why she was arrested That day the police decided to tow cars at the beach They do have loud speakers and such did they use them and ask the owners to move the cars ? I was not there that day but It was nice to see some one cared . I know a tow bill would ruin my budget for a week or so. So she got in a heated argument with the police for towing cars. Wow crime of the year?
Rosie February 03, 2012 at 12:19 PM
No, not crime of the year. April just showed her disdain and complete disrespect for our police department, and that vendetta got us where we are today. As a Mayor, just like Joe, she should have shown a little more decorum.
Dan February 03, 2012 at 12:52 PM
No, what got us where we are today is police brutality, illegal search and seizure and targeting of Latinos by some police officers. Even if you believe April's arrest was justified, you can't make a connection to the current crisis here in town and any attempt to do so is just a smoke screen.
Magdalen Sparaco February 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
No matter how many times one comments that there is no comparison with the April incident, these people do not want to accept this reasoning. They can spin and try to justify their erroneous tought process but "it is what it is."
Luigi (the original) February 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
And "what it is" is a mole hill turned into a mountain by the press and the likes of your kind. That's WHAT IT IS!
Lise Cavallaro February 03, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I agree with you Luigi and Magdalen; we are all entitled to our opinions.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Everyone: Please keep to the issues raised in the article above and refrain from direct personal attacks. Thank you!
Bob Fawkes February 03, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Luigi, My friend: If you had eyes to see and ears to hear, and if you were literate enought to read a book in its entirety, I'd recommend a book called "The Motorcycle Diaries" to you. But you don't, and you aren't; so I'll just wish you a happy weekend.
Luigi (the original) February 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Jacobo, you may call to question my literacy all you wish. I am plenty familiar with the book you reference. You can honor Che all you want and while his intentions may have started honorably, for the good of his people, they were none the less tainted exponentially by the evil into which it morphed. Or are you a fan of Fidel as well? In my mind the "perception" of what are or what were good intentions by any individual, can be championed or mistaken by others. It depends I guess from which side of the argument (or the deed) you choose to fall. I for one believe in "innocent until proven guilty". These officers deserve OUR support and there are many among us who will. I am also literate enough to grasp YOUR RACIST comment aimed at Italian Americans. Good Day
Dan February 04, 2012 at 04:45 AM
The line it is drawn, The curse it is cast, The slow one now, Will later be fast, As the present now, Will later be past, The order is Rapidly fadin', And the first one now, Will later be last, For the times they are a-changin'. "BD" The old "staveners" lament.
CitizenVoice February 04, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Thanks Dan, I needed that. Probably the only words of sanity on this thread. Have a great weekend.
Life long EH resident February 22, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hey fish20eh worry about yourself and stop dragging the rest of the town into your ignorant comments. If anyone on here wants to speak about how they feel then state that it is your opininon and stop saying how unfortunate for all EH residents. I have been living here since I was 5 and am now 43 I do not now nor have I ever been ashamed to say I live here. One comment made by Mayor Maturo did not make this town what it is today. AGAIN I SAY TO EVERYONE, EVERYONE OBEY ALL LAWS AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE POLICE, BREAK THE LAWS AND THEN YOU WILL. Seems pretty simple I obey all laws and have never had a problem with our fine EH Police Dapartment !!!
Luigi (the original) February 22, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Life long, I agree with your sentiment. However, I really got to say that this thread is over two weeks old. It was on it's way into oblivion under mountains of more current posts. PLEASE PEOPLE.....especially those of you angered by an old post or story, PLEASE avoid the temptation to respond a month later ( or even two weeks later) It only serves to bring the story back onto the news feed, and we are then ALL forced to re-live it. THINK BEFORE YOU POST, is all I'm saying.
Connie February 23, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I agree Luigi - the only problem is Lifelong isn't extremely truthful. this person is known for driving too fast and being a menace on the roads, she just has been lucky and hasn't been caught yet.
Life long EH resident February 26, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Connie I do not have a problem with the police because I do not break laws. If I drive too fast and I have had my license since 17 and have lived here all these years I believe I would have been stopped. Again more ignorance on your part how about you stick to the topic at hand and no personal attacks or Julie might just delete your comments.


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