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February 27th, 2014
09:51 PM ET

SB 1062 defender caught on tape making anti-Hispanic remarks

Arizona Republican State Representative John Kavanagh was a leading defender of Senate Bill 1062, vetoed yesterday by Gov. Jan Brewer. Last weekend, he was also a speaker at a roast for Phoenix's controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Rep. Kavanagh set off a firestorm in the Latino community with remarks including these:

"I'm not the federal monitor.  How many Hispanics did you pull over on the way over here Arpaio? "

"Sheriff Joe is the kind of guy that you gotta love as long as you have papers."
"Going out with Sheriff Joe is always an adventure. Usually when we walk into a restaurant most of the wait staff and cooks dive out the back window. And when they don't, I never know what the hell is in my food. There's a great one. Get em! sic em!"

AC360 wanted to ask Kavanaugh about those jokes, which many found offensive. We invited him on the program. He accepted but later backed out. The invitation stands. He later released a statement to AC360. Anderson discussed the controversy with GOP strategist Ana Navarro and CNN's Ana Cabrera who spoke with Sheriff Arpaio today.

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