by Sara Gates
Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck is facing an ethics complaint following an incident where he allegedlyused the phrase “a bunch of Mexicans” to refer to a group of elected and appointed Latino officials.
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.
According to the complaint, Cluck, Rivera and David Crow, the president of Arlington Professional Firefighters, were present in Rivera’s office with the door open when the comment was made.
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."