Stupid, Inappropriate Commissioner
California education chief's "dirty" crack to six-year-old girl
JULY 9--In a bizarre public gaffe, California's education commissioner told a child that her name, Isis, meant "stupid dirty girl." Richard Riordan, the former Republican mayor of Los Angeles, made the comment during a publicity event last week at a Santa Barbara library where he read to schoolchildren (below you'll find links to the video). When Isis D'Luciano, 6, asked Riordan if he knew her name meant "Egyptian goddess," the 74-year-old politician replied, "It means stupid dirty girl." While Riordan contends that he was just teasing the child, he apologized to D'Luciano, claiming that his joke was a "misunderstanding." That explanation has apparently been accepted by Riordan's boss, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who called the crack "unacceptable in any context," but has not moved to can Riordan.