Connecticut Democrat Stripped of Leadership Position After Lewd Comment to Teenage Girl
Connecticut Democrat and five-time state representative issued an apology for a lewd remark he made to a teenage girl.
A five-time Connecticut state representative issued an apology and was stripped of his leadership post for what some people construed as a lewd remark to a teenage girl.
“If you’re bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here,” State Rep. Ernest Hewett can be heard telling a 17-year-old girl during a Feb. 20 committee meeting.
The teenager had just testified in support of more funding for the Connecticut Science Center’s ambassador program.
She had told lawmakers that by participating in the program, which included handling snakes and turtles, she became more outgoing.
Hewett told ABC News’ New Haven affiliate WTNH-TV that he meant nothing sexual by the comment.
“I have apologized to her for what was taken out of context,” he said.
In a statement, Matt Fleury, the president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center said he believed the apology was sincere and passed it on to the student, who also accepted it.
Of course, the article does not identify Hewett’s party affiliation.
Hewett is a Democrat.