Connecticut state Rep. Ernest Hewett apologized for telling a 17 year old girl during a Feb. 20 committee meeting, “If you are bashful, I got a snake sitting under my desk here.” Hewett was also stripped of his leadership post for what many have characterized as a lewd comment to the teenager, who had testified in support of more funding for the state’s 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.
Since the incident, Hewett has been removed as deputy speaker of the House, but some Republicans are calling for even stronger action, calling Hewett’s comment a “disgrace and embarrassment.” Source