updated 5/5/2009 3:56:45 PM ET 2009-05-05T19:56:45

A woman appointed to a New York City commission has resigned after coming under withering criticism for remarks that many interpreted as anti-Mexican.

Betsy Perry said Tuesday she would rather leave her post on the New York City Commission on Women's Issues than become a distraction to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Perry wrote an article for the Huffington Post last week that included numerous disparaging remarks about Mexico.  She wrote that the most favorable image of Mexico right now is the movie "Beverly Hills Chihuahua."

"Between the guns, drugs, kidnappings and swine flu, this poor country can't catch a break and, maybe it shouldn't. Getting Montezuma's Revenge seems the least of Mexico's headaches for now," Perry wrote.

She said Mexico should "get a grip on its banditos and blast the heck out of the corrupt police forces."

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.

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