Baltimore City Democrat “Amazed at How Many Mexicans” Working on School Construction Project

We got this story tip from our friends at @latinoticias:

So we checked it out.

Here’s the scoop coming from Maryland:

Del. Curt Anderson is coming under fire by a conservative blogger for comments made about the race of workers at a city school he recently toured.

Anderson, a Baltimore City Democrat who chairs the city delegation in the House of Delegates, can be heard discussing the issue of school construction in the city at a League of Women Voters legislative breakfast.

Anderson’s comments were recorded by Dennis McIver, who co-hosts a podcast on Citythatbreeds.com. McIver’s audio was first published by Jeff Quinton on Quintonreport.com.

During that discussion, Anderson tells the audience about touring a school that is scheduled to open on January 6.

“I was amazed at how many Mexicans they have working on that school,” Anderson said. “Should be more African-American and minority contractors but still.”

Curt Anderson (left) and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at Invesco Field during the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Curt Anderson (left) and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at Invesco Field during the 2008 Democratic National Convention

This is what McIver tweeted over the weekend:

Quinton also added the audio of the remarks here (around the 1:30-1:35 mark):

On his blog, Quinton also said this:

I’m not sure whether Anderson actually thought all the construction workers were Mexican or just assumed since he saw Latinos that they must all be Mexican. These are at best pretty insensitive comments for an elected official to make. Anderson has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the race for governor.

So far, Anderson hasn’t addressed his comments.

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