A high-ranking Connecticut lawmaker made a lewd remark to a teenaged girl testifying before a state legislative committee.
A 17-year-old Connecticut Science Center representative testified before the Connecticut House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Feb. 20, seeking to maintain funding for the center’s ambassador program.
She got more than what she bargained for.
During her testimony, the teen told the committee that the program “helped her overcome her shyness and get over her fear of snakes,” according to The New London Day.
Deputy House Speaker Rep. Ernest Hewett, a Democrat, told the teenager, “If you’re bashful, I got a snake sitting under my desk Here.”
House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey stripped Hewett of his deputy speaker title Wednesday after hearing a recording of the comment, according to the Hartford Courant. That position came with an extra $6,446 salary.
Fox Business News host Neil Cavuto often says, “This is how Rome looked in its final days.”
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