Snakes on a Politician: Democratic Lawmaker Stripped Of Leadership Title After Lewd Comment To Girl In Hearing

Hewett_2013-01-09b220px-Brown_tree_snake_Boiga_irregularis_2_USGS_PhotographConnecticut State Rep. Ernest Hewett, a five-term Democrat from New London, is desperately trying to explain a comment made to a high school girl during a hearing on the funding of youth programs.  The girl had explained that one of the youth programs had cured her of her fear of snakes.  Hewett then suggested that he had a snake under the desk for her to test herself on. Hewett insisted that the comment was entirely innocent and not sexual but he has been stripped of his leadership title. On his legislative site (which is still announcing his promotion to the leadership), Hewitt posts the defining quote of his career: “Never get so high that no one can touch you, never get so low that no one will want to touch you.” It appears that no one is touching Hewitt, or his snake, this week.

After the girl was told that she was a great spokesperson for the center in question, Hewett added: “If you’re bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here.” There was audible laughter in the room after the shocking comment.

Hewett later insisted that “What I meant to say was, if you are shy then I have an acre of land in the Everglades.” That was equally bizarre.

The president of the science center, Matt Fleury, said Friday he had passed an apology from Hewett on to the girl and she had accepted it.

Hewett said that he never had problems with female in the office, but that “I purposely will not have female interns.” Just for the record, most men are able to hire female assistants without unexplained fears or concerns. Then there is the little problem of discrimination in hiring that Hewett appears to have publicly embraced as a defense.

By the way, the last we discussed New London was when the politicians and citizens of that city used eminent domain to take the homes of their neighbors against their wishes and give them to a pharmaceutical company promising to build a facility on the site. It was a shocking act of abuse that the Court inexplicably upheld in Kelo v. The City of New London. For many, the decision of the company to then abandon its plans, after the city betrayed its own citizens and carried the cost of years of litigation, was poetic justice.

Here is an audiotape of the hearing.

Source: ABC

28 thoughts on “Snakes on a Politician: Democratic Lawmaker Stripped Of Leadership Title After Lewd Comment To Girl In Hearing”

  1. “If you’re bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here.”

    Hewett later insisted that “What I meant to say was, if you are shy then I have an acre of land in the Everglades.”

    Hewett insisted that the comment was entirely innocent and not sexual.

    You don’t say. Perhaps your comment was artistic. It’s a funny thing about art. Well, art is art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does.

    Now you tell me what you know.

  2. I can´t believe I´m defending a politician, but sometimes a snake is just a snake. Did you listen to the audio of the hearing? The pervertedness is in the ear of the beholder.

  3. Raff,

    I can see where many different interpretations can be made… I didn’t say he was couth… Just like when a person defends a client… People can look at it different ways….

    Then again there are people that will eat your lunch for saying something negatative about Obama…. Then these same people lets others slide… What’s the difference?

  4. nick spinelli:

    You are right, if the girl was 18 whats the problem, shes an adult.

    Lots more inclusiveness. The more the better.

    How come he only focused on snakes? What about trout and weasels?

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