Don Corleone or Don Cortez? I don’t think Jose Huizar is Sicilian, but I digress.
Well, Latino politicians are giving us a gangbuster start to the New Year first with Fabian Nuñez’s incarcerated child receiving a commutation from outgoing Governor Schwarzenegger, and now current Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar posing as the Godfather. This picture came to LatinoPoliticsBlog and other members of the media this evening from an anonymous Huizar staffer. Apparently, this picture of Huizar imposed on a Godfather poster has been on display in the councilmember’s office for about a year, positioned in front of his desk so that when he looks straight ahead from the vantage point of being seated at his desk he sees this picture.
My thought is that it is unwise for any elected or appointed official to pose or be pretending to be the head of a crime syndicate, even if it is a joke because some people will inevitably take it seriously. This is precisely the kind of image that Latino elected officials should avoid. People already assume that many of us are involved in the drug trade or other criminal enterprises even if we are law abiding and out of the public sphere. But it seems that Councilmember Huizar likes to play fantasy, first dressing up as a charro, and now displaying this Godfather image in his office.
What are your thoughts? Should public officials portray themselves like this in the workplace? Is this just fun and games or a joke to break the ice?