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Thursday, September 27, 2007


Some Missouri-based Hispanic groups have asked Gov. Matt Blunt to fire chief of staff Ed Martin following comments Martin recently made at a Missouri Housing Development Commission that the groups deem offensive. Blunt, however, said Martin will keep his job.

At an Aug. 17 commission meeting, Martin chastised an attorney for a developer accused of hiring illegal workers after the attorney attempted blame the situation on the lack of an electronic means of verifying the workers’ immigration status. According to the meeting transcript, Martin said: “Make your point for your client, don’t start in with what’s available. I’ll tell you what’s available, is every frigging developer can figure out who is illegal, and when he says – like he told them – there’s a bunch of Mexicans out there, I guess some of them are probably not legal.”

A spokeswoman for Blunt said Martin was paraphrasing what the developer said and that the statement didn’t reflect Martin’s personal views. However, the context of the transcript doesn’t appear to support that explanation.

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