Conn. Dem lawmaker offers to show teen girl the ‘snake’ under his desk

http://twitter.com/#!/DukeOfZamunda/status/307567917346725888

A Connecticut Democrat made a lewd comment to a high school senior at a recent legislative hearing. She was 17 years old.

The teen girl visited the Connecticut state Capitol to deliver a speech to a committee. She explained that working at the science center had helped her overcome her shyness and fear of snakes.

CT Dem to 17-year-old girl: “If you’re bashful, I got a snake sitting under my desk here.” bit.ly/XfssO8

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 1, 2013

Connecticut State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D-epraved) replied, “If you’re bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here.” Audio available at Political Wire.

Looking forward to reading the “context” within which “if you’re bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here” will inevitably be set.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) March 1, 2013

His punishment?

17-year-old girl got lewd remark from state Rep. Ernest Hewett has accepted an apology n he has been stripped of his leadership title.

— Michael Bistany (@Imsorrywebsite) March 1, 2013

He can’t be deputy speaker anymore and he had to apologize. Poor dear.

Time for CT State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) to find a new line of work.

— Sunny (@sunnyright) March 1, 2013

On Thursday, Rep. Hewett said, “In hindsight, I can really see how this can be misconstrued as something sexual.” Um, unless he did indeed have a python curled up under his desk, how else could it be construed?

Connecticut State Rep. Ernest Hewett, call your office. Actually no. Just go to your office, pack up and resign. politicalwire.com/archives/2013/…

— Russell Schaffer (@RussOnPolitics) March 1, 2013

#WarOnWomen RT @lachlan CT Dem to 17-year-old girl: “If you’re bashful, I got a snake sitting under my desk here.” bit.ly/XfssO8

— Will Antonin (@Will_Antonin) March 1, 2013

Here’s a pro-tip for elected folks of either party: No penis jokes to teenagers, even by broad innuendo.You’re welcome.

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 1, 2013