LA City Council member Nury Martinez FINALLY steps down from City Council position after racist rant
LA City Council member Nury Martinez has officially stepped down from her position after days of calling for his resignation.
Martinez, who faced harsh criticism from her colleagues and senior political figures over comments she made on a leaked 2021 audio recording, had previously resigned from her position as Council President.
The politician’s full resignation comes after the… Los Angeles Times shared a new section of the recording Tuesday morning, in which the woman can be heard talking about Jewish colleagues and the LA prosecutor.
“It is with a broken heart that I am resigning my seat for Council District 6, the community I grew up in and my home,” Martinez said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Nury Martinez finally resigned from her position on the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday afternoon after calls from her colleagues demanding she resign.
In a lengthy apology shared with The Los Angeles Times Wednesday afternoon, Martinez said Los Angeles residents and their concerns were her “mission” and “guiding principle.”
Martinez said she was the first Latina president for the Los Angeles City Council prior to her resignation, a fact she was incredibly proud of
The former LA city council president addressed several groups of people in her life, including her city and constituents, her staff, and her family, including her daughter.
In her lengthy apology, Martinez specifically names her constituents, colleagues, family and staff.
“I hope you stay involved and fight for your fair share of the city’s resources,” Martinez said in the section addressed to Los Angeles residents.
“It’s hard to say goodbye, but please know that I fought for you.”
The former councilor ends her apology by nodding to “little Latina girls” who she hopes will follow in her footsteps.
And lastly, to all the little Latina girls in this town – I hope I’ve inspired you to dream beyond what you can see. While I take the time to look inside and think, I ask you to give me space and privacy.’
In the same audio recording to which Martinez refers… a colleague’s black son like a “monkey,” she says of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon: “F*** that guy, he’s with the blacks.”
Martinez calls Jewish colleagues ‘judios’, Spanish for Jews. She referred to former state councilor Richard Katz and his team.
Her colleague, Ron Herrera, started the conversation and said, “I’m sure Katz and his crew have an agenda.”
She replied, “The Judios have broken their deal with South LA. That’s how I see it. And they’re going to screw everyone.’
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She also referred to an Armenian colleague with “one eyebrow” and said others had no chance of getting elected in white neighborhoods.
‘F**k that guy, he’s with the blacks’: Martinez furious with LA DA George Gascon
Martinez also took a swipe at District Attorney George Gascon, saying, “He’s with the blacks.”
The shocking comments, along with her description of a young black boy as a “little monkey,” have prompted many to call for her resignation.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called on President Biden to resign.
“The language used and tolerated during that conversation was unacceptable and appalling.
Along with Martinez, city councilors Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León can be heard participating in the racist banter at the expense of the small child.
Los Angeles Federation of Labor president Ron Herrera can also be heard in the leaked audio recording. Herrera resigned from his position earlier this week.
Jean-Pierre insisted and referred to the group, saying Biden “thinks they should all resign.”
Son of Councilor Mike Bonin, who previously referred to Martinez as a “little monkey” during the conversation
She also referred to Armenian colleague Areen Ibranossian with “one eyebrow” and said others would not win in white neighborhoods
Martinez appeared on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She is pictured above with Kim Kardashian
Yesterday a council meeting on the matter turned into chaos.
Mike Bonin, the boy’s father, was among those who called for a complete resignation.
‘I take a lot of blows, but my son? But let me be clear, people should not ask me for forgiveness.
“I can’t forgive them because it’s not my prerogative. It’s the privilege of a boy too young to really understand what’s going on.”
Martinez announced on Tuesday that she would take ‘leave’, but would not resign.
“This has been one of the most difficult times of my life,” she wrote in a statement.
“I need to take a leave of absence and take some time to have an honest and sincere conversation with my family, my constituents and community leaders.”