Joseph Maturo’s Dinner

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

You’re the mayor of a small city in Connecticut. Four of your police officers have just been arrested by the FBI on federal civil rights charges. They’re accused of harassing and abusing the Latino residents of your city. There’s video showing that they’ve lied in police reports about said harassment. You’re asked what you plan to do to clean up the department. If you’re East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, you say this:

“I might have tacos when I go home. I’m not quite sure yet.”

He has since apologized.

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21 Responses to “Joseph Maturo’s Dinner”

  1. #1 |  MH | 

    He says he’s going to eat tacos? Sounds fishy to me.

  2. #2 |  AJP | 

    Don’t blame the mayor. This quote was from his evil twin, Joseph ImMaturo.

  3. #3 |  omar | 

    Don’t blame the mayor. This quote was from his evil twin, Joseph ImMaturo.

    This comment makes me miss the karma button. Thumbs up.

  4. #4 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Jesus Christ…really? Seriously? Let me guess a Democrat?

  5. #5 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Nope, Republican.

    MH,

    Hey, fish tacos are awesome. But not quite as good as a shrimp taco.

  6. #6 |  Bill | 

    I have never eaten a taco in my life.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    OK, let’s talk about fish tacos. Awesome fish tacos are awesome. But, after fish tacos gained popularity a lot of places added them to their menus without apparently trying to figure out what a fish taco is and how to make one. The result was some of the worst food I’ve ever had.

    Pisses me off. I get psyched up for a fish taco only to get some fried crap on a pasty flour tortilla with some mayo.

    Fish Tacos: Food Most Likely to be Terrible
    (narrowly beats out BBQ ribs)

    AND…someone always mentions the double entendre when you order.

  8. #8 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #7 Boyd Durkin: “Pisses me off. I get psyched up for a fish taco only to get some fried crap on a pasty flour tortilla with some mayo.”

    Agreed. This is always a let down. I was pleasantly suprised once when I ordered fish tacos at Hooters (heh heh, I know) and they were quite excellent. They had grilled–not fried–white fish and other traditional taco fixings.

    Regarding the mayor, apparently the schoolyard bully personality starts at the top in West New Haven. This guy IS the ugly American ;)

  9. #9 |  Bob Mc | 

    In fairness to Mayor Douchebag, the tacos comment was in reply to the question “What are you doing for the Latino community today?”, not “what do you plan to do to clean up the department”.

    As racist, insensitive, despicable and flippant as that comment was, at least it COULD be construed as making a little bit of sense in that he was “doing for the Latino community” by patronizing a Latino business. Whereas eating tacos in the context of cleaning up the department would make zero sense whatsoever.

    http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Malloy-rips-East-Haven-mayor-for-taco-remark-2699116.php#ixzz1kaiI7Oyb

  10. #10 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #9 Bob MC

    I don’t think patronizing a taqueria is going to help hizzoner right now. Besides, the employees may feel compelled to put some “special” salsa on his tacos about now. For his own health and safety, perhaps Mayor Soprano–oops, I mean Maturo–should avoid taco joints for now.

  11. #11 |  Chris Mallory | 

    Bob Mc is right about the question the Mayor was asked.

    A question that was in itself racist. He should have said, “I am the mayor of the East Haven community and if you don’t like that, Greyhound is ready when you are.”

    If “Latinos” don’t want to be American, they are welcome to go home.

  12. #12 |  GeneralGarbage | 

    @ #11 –

    That’s just dumb. It is not racist to acknowledge the existence of racial groups, especially when the state has been using race as a criteria to dish out some extra-legal oppression.

  13. #13 |  B | 

    @9’s interpretation of that story was mine as well. “I’m a supporter of Latino-owned businesses in our community as Mayor, and and enthusiastic patron of them as well” would have been a pretty adroit answer. Oh well.

  14. #14 |  FridayNext | 

    @#12

    Especially when the harassment in question was in fact targeting the Latino community. I’ll admit the question was in artfully asked. But if the local police target ANY community for harassment and abuse, asking the mayor how local government and police will reassure and reconnect with that community, so that they feel, in the words of Mr. Mallory @#11, an equal member of the East Haven and American community with the same protections as the richest and whitest from police harassment, is a legitimate question.

  15. #15 |  Radley Balko | 

    If “Latinos” don’t want to be American, they are welcome to go home.

    What the hell are you talking about? It’s a description of an ethnic group. And given that it’s the cops here who are accused of singling out Latinos for abuse because of their ethnicity, the question posed to the mayor was perfectly legitimate.

    That this was the reason the cops were arrested also makes your already ignorant comment all the more moronic.

  16. #16 |  orangeyouglad | 

    @ #11

    I rarely post here, but your comment is screaming for a retort. I hate to resort to an ad hominem but you sir, are retarded. Latinos born in the U.S. are by definition already home. Latinos who immigrate to the U.S. and struggle to make a better life for their families, are arguably more American than the fools who tell them to go home. Finally, resistance to being targeted by corrupt cops does not equate to not wanting to be an American. In fact, there is nothing more quintessentially American than standing up to an oppressive government.

    /If you were just trolling, Bravo!
    //No offense meant to the mentally challenged, I don’t think you are racists

  17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Reddit linked to this video with the heading “Michael Scott is the mayor of East Haven”. Increased the lulz when I re-watched it.

  18. #18 |  Brandon | 

    Wow.

  19. #19 |  FridayNext | 

    @#13 Sorry, but that is equally condescending. First, he said “I might have tacos when I go home. I’m not quite sure yet.” He didn’t spin the “patronize a Latino business” aspect until he realized he had to polish a turd. (Of course, maybe he was stopping by Taco Bell drive through on the way home. That’s owned by Mexicans, right?) Except that…

    Tacos are a Mexican dish. I don’t know where the East Haven Latino trace their roots to, but I know that if it reflects other towns in New England, Mexicans are not the sole, often not the majority, and frequently constitute a minimal part, of Latino’s in a given town. In this case, the incrementing video was from an Ecuadoran, NOT a Mexican store. I know most Americans are used to lumping everyone south of the Rio Grande into one or two lumps, but there is as much variety “down there” as in Europe, probably more. Imagine if police were arrested for assaulting an Irish pub and the Mayor said he would go home and eat some bratwurst or fish-n-chips.

    Lastly, how is patronizing Latino businesses by the mayor ever going to make up for the physical abuse and harassment of EVERYONE in their community, not just the business owners? Previous patronage, which he claims to love, didn’t stop the abuse before, why should increased patronage help?

  20. #20 |  Omar | 

    Holy shit, that video was hilarious. If you haven’t watched it, do so.

  21. #21 |  xysmith | 

    I must say, the write up of this event is fundamentally incorrect. Or perhaps you’re trying to start a meme?

    Q: You appear to have a serious wound and are bleeding severely, what are you going to do about it?
    A: “I might have tacos when I go home. I’m not quite sure yet.”

    Q: Our city pension obligations are tied up in the European debt crisis, how are you going to resolve that?
    A: “I might have tacos when I go home. I’m not quite sure yet.”

    Q: I hear today is your wedding anniversary, are special plans?
    A: “I might have tacos when I go home. I’m not quite sure yet.”

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