In Protest, 2K Tacos Delivered to Connecticut Mayor

Joseph Maturo had quipped about tacos in response to racial scandal
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2012 3:48 PM CST
In Protest, 2K Tacos Delivered to Connecticut Mayor
Unitarian minister Kathleen McTigue delivers tacos to East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr.'s office in East Haven, Conn., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

When asked what he would do in response to a racial profiling scandal targeting Latinos in the town of East Haven, Connecticut, Mayor Joseph Maturo quipped that he might eat some tacos, and now he can: More than 2,000 tacos were delivered to the mayor's office yesterday. The taco campaign was devised by the advocate group Reform Immigration for America and went viral through texts, tweets, and other social networking, reports MSNBC.

Maturo was out of the office when the tacos arrived, and he later issued a statement saying that the tacos would be delivered to local soup kitchens. The statement also notes, "The abundance of tacos that we received today underscores the importance of the issues currently facing the town of East Haven and highlights the need for the town to continue the process of healing and reform." But Reform Immigration for America says it, not Maturo, came up with the soup kitchen idea. (More racial profiling stories.)

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