He was asked by a moderator at the Philadelphia forum hosted by the Spanish-language newspaper Al Dia if he has any staff members that are Latino.
“No, we do not have any staff members in there,” he said. “If you can find us one, please let me know.” The moderator responded, “I am sure that there are Latinos that…” before being cut off.
“Do any of you want to come to Harrisburg? See?” Corbett remarked.
Governor Tom Corbett’s spokesman, Kevin Harley, released a statement today regarding the governor’s comments, claiming this was the second time Think Progress, a liberal blog, took the governor’s statements out of context, adding:
“This is just another attempt by a liberal blog in Washington D.C. to malign the governor by taking comments out of context made during an hour-long interview with ‘Al Dia’ newspaper, based in Philadelphia.’’
On social media, some were surprised by the governor’s interview.
— Omeed Firouzi (@OmeedFirouzi) May 22, 2013
— Latino Policy Forum (@latinopolicy) May 22, 2013
In response, the governor’s spokesperson pointed out in a statement sent to NBCLatino, “the facts are that Corbett has appointed numerous Latino-Hispanics in his administration cabinet, including Dr. Eli Avila, who served as Secretary of the Department of Health, as well as boards and commissions.”
When Hispanic Heritage Month began in 2012, Corbett said, “I commend the many social and economic contributions of Latino-Hispanics in our state and celebrate the rich and diverse culture of Pennsylvania’s fasting growing minority group,” noting that Pennsylvania’s 800,000 Latino residents represent approximately 6.8 percent of the overall population, Think Progress reports.