A woman appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to a city commission on women has resigned after coming under withering criticism for saying Mexico should "get a grip on its banditos."
Betsy Perry says in her resignation that she would rather leave her post on the New York City Commission on Women's Issues than "become a distraction to Mayor Bloomberg."
Perry wrote an article for the Huffington Post last week that included numerous disparaging remarks about Mexico. She wrote among other things that the most favorable image of Mexico right now is the movie "Beverly Hills Chihuahua."
She later apologized for the remarks. Bloomberg called them "inappropriate."
Mexican community members had planned a rally Tuesday _ the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo _ calling for her removal.