Los Angeles City Council Democratic President Nury Martinez resigned on Monday after the release of leaked audio of her and another council member sharing racist comments.
Martinez's resignation came just one day after the Los Angeles Times leaked the audio of a conversation from last year.
Breaking: L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez stepped down from her powerful council presidency Monday morning, a day after incendiary leaked audio exploded into public Sunday.
It appears that she will remain on the 15-member legislative body.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 10, 2022
"They're raising him like a little white kid," Martinez said. "I was like, this kid needs a beatdown. Let me take him around the corner, and then I'll bring him back."
Martinez also described Councilman Mike Bonin's son as a "parece changuito," Spanish for "that little monkey."
Los Angeles City Council president Nury Martinez resigned her post as president Monday after recordings of her making racist remark at a meeting were revealed on Sunday. However, she did not resign her position on the city council.https://t.co/mP37C4mvmq
— Variety (@Variety) October 10, 2022
The racist comments by Democrats revealed a strong contrast with the party's calls for increased diversity and against racism.
The changes also open sudden new doors for the city's liberal council, that will lead to controversy over who will serve as the group's new president.