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Texas Mayor in Hot Water After Calling Latino Lawmakers a 'Bunch of Mexicans


"I don’t think you can say that."

Robert Cluck, the mayor of Arlington, TX, might have accidentally stuck his boot in his mouth recently when, in idle conversation with a local council member, he referred to that member's constituents as "a bunch of Mexicans." The Huffington Post caught this bizarre story:

The Texas mayor approached city council member Robert Rivera outside his office on Feb. 7 in the presence of other city staff to question whether Rivera planned on attending an evening city council meeting, according to FOX 4 Local News.[...]

Cluck questioned whether Rivera -- the only Hispanic council member -- would be skipping the council meeting, to which Rivera explained that he would be attending the "Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Meeting" instead.

The mayor allegedly responded by saying, "Oh, a bunch of Mexicans."

At this point, according to the complaint, [David Crow, the president of Arlington Professional Firefighters] said, "I don’t think you can say that."

Interestingly, even though Rivera was the person the remark was addressed to, he did not file the complaint. Nor is it known who did, beyond the fact that they're an employee of the City Council. A video report from Dallas-Fort Worth's Fox 4 shows that Rivera, in fact, doesn't seem to care about the comment, which Mayor Cluck says he can't even recall saying:

Video provided by MyFoxDFW.

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